Iranian foreign minister in Islamabad for 3-day visit

Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chabahar connect with Gawadar

The Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mehdi Honardoost, has said while addressing a press conference here on Saturday that the Iranian foreign minister will undertake a 4- day visit of Pakistan from (today) 11th March.

Zarif added that the Islamic Republic also seeks to promote its banking relations with Pakistan and boost preferred tariffs levied on traded goods.

Pakistani media quoted Zarif as saying that Iran's territory will not be used against Pakistan.

The visiting Iranian foreign minister would also hold bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on various issues of mutual interests, regional situation with emphasis on Afghanistan and exploring the ways and means to further expand the cooperation in various areas.

"Trade with Iran has increased by USD1 billion", said Pakistan's foreign minister.

Increasing cooperation between Iranian and Pakistani consulates was also among the main topics discussed during the meeting.

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"The foreign ministers underlined that as two brotherly neighbouring countries Iran and Pakistan would deepen connectivity between the two sister ports of Gawadar and Chahbahar to benefit from their complementarities", the FO said.

Pakistan and Iran have had close ties.

The Iran plan, dubbed the "peace pipeline", was initially created to pass through Pakistan into India but New Delhi quit the project in 2009.

"The Pakistani government is already working on strengthening cooperation between the two countries' chambers of commerce", he said.

The two sides had a thorough discussion over the gas pipeline of peace and they agreed to task the oil ministers of the two countries with holing technical meetings.