Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met the President of Iran Mr. Hassan Rouhani at Saadabad palace in Tehran. The meeting was also attended by Federal Minister for Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Petroleum Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Governor Balochistan Mr. Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Mr. Tariq Fatimi.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Hassan Rouhani reiterated their commitment to enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that there is lot of scope of increasing the trade volume and we want to enhance the trade to new levels of US $ 5 billion.
Iran Pakistan gas pipeline was also discussed in the meeting. Both the leaders agreed to continue with the project as it is beneficial for the people of the both countries. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told that I am here with my team of Finance, Petroleum and Interior to resolve all the matters which are creating hindrance in the project.
The Prime Minister and Iranian President agreed to work jointly for the progress of the project, keeping in view the international sanctions.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan Iran relations are bound by historical and religious linkages.” I am here to open a new page in Pak-Iran relationships”, PM added. As a Prime Minister I visited Iran firstly in 1999 and have always found the people of Iran more affectionate on every visit to Iran, PM told.
President Rouhani added that our relations have historical connection. Apart from being nieghbouring countries, we both are Muslim Countries having the common traditions and relations based on Holy Quran and the traditions of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit would further boost the brotherly relations between the two countries, added President Rouhani.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that some miscreant elements are trying to sabotage the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Iran. We will deal with all such elements firmly and not let them sabotage our relations, added the Prime Minister. Prime Minister said that “We want security of development and development for security”. President Rouhani also affirmed his governments support adding that peace in the region is our common goal. He added that we will support Pakistanto develop and become secure.
Both the leaders also discussed the border security matters between the two countries and agreed that better border management and improved security measures would result in increased bilateral trade and strengthening relationship and cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended invitation to the President Rouhani to visit Pakistan, which the President accepted.
Afterwards, Federal Minister for Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar, and Federal Minister for Petroleum Mr. Shahid Khaqan met their Iranian counterparts and agreed to continue with the pipe line project and find plausible solutions to any irritants in the completion of the project.
Later the Iranian President hosted a Luncheon in honour of the Prime Minister and the visiting delegation.
Earlier upon arrival the Prime Minister was given a warm welcome at Mehrabad InternationalAirport. The Prime Minister was received by Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance Mr. Ali Tayyabnia. The official welcoming ceremony was held at Saadabad Palace where a smartly turned out contingent gave guard of honour to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister also held a meeting with the First Vice President of Iran Mr. Eshaq Jehangiri. Matters of Mutual and bilateral interest were discussed during the meeting.