Tehran, Islamabad must enhance economic ties: Pakistani official

The chief minister of the Pakistani province of Punjab has called for the expansion of relations between Tehran and Islamabad, lauding the kudos Iran has earned in the region.

Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday, “The time has come for both countries to move forward together in economic, trade, industrial and agriculture sectors.”

“Iran is an important country in the region and it has to play an active role in maintaining regional peace.”

Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, the adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, in Lahore.

The Pakistani official also expressed gratitude for Iran’s efforts to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis.

Meanwhile, Velayati underscored the need for promotion of bilateral ties and said the project of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline was an opportunity for facilitating cooperation between the two countries.

“Gas pipeline agreement is an important development, through which the ties between both countries will be further strengthened,” Velayati stated.

Iran has already built more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil and it has offered to finance and help build the 700-kilometer tranche of the pipeline on the Pakistani side.

 

Source: Press TV 

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