On the sidelines of the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a detailed bilateral meeting with the Iranian President, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, on 1 March 2017.
Extending a warm welcome on his arrival to Pakistan and highlighting the importance of bilateral ties between the two brotherly Muslim neighbours, the Prime Minister thanked the Iranian President for his visit to Pakistan to attend the 13th ECO Summit. The Prime Minister appreciated Iran’s role in the ECO as founding member in promoting organization’s initiatives.
During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Underscoring the mutual sentiments of friendship between Pakistan and Iran, the Prime Minister said that our historical bonds were firmly based in common faith and culture, economic complementarities and people-to-people contacts. He added that our focus should be on strengthening mutual cooperation in all areas through frequent exchange of visits at various levels. Prime Minister emphasized on enhancing trade between the two countries.
The Iranian President highlighted the importance of the ECO as a regional forum for cooperation, and thanked the Prime Minister on hosting its 13th Summit in Islamabad, which would go a long way in promoting connectivity for development and prosperity of the region.
It was President Rouhani’s second visit to Pakistan in less than a year, reflecting mutual desire to strengthen bilateral relations.