FM Qureshi reaches Iran’s capital on Thursday marking the country the last one on his four-nation tour. The purpose of the visit was to discuss with the Iranian leadership the evolving situation of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Since both countries share borders with Afghanistan, the discussion comes at a point when crucial issues such as border security and refugees become necessary to deliberate on.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Iran Rahim Hayat Qureshi and senior Foreign Ministry officials welcomed Foreign Minister Qureshi at the Mehrabad Airport.
Meetings with the new Iranian leadership
During his visit, the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will hold meetings with newly elected Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdul Hayan.
The meetings will focus on bilateral relations, enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest and the law and order situation in the region, including Afghanistan.
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Need for close cooperation between Pakistan and Iran on Afghanistan
Iran and Pakistan need to have a close view and a coordinated approach towards the Afghanistan issue, and it is expected that joint efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region will continue.
Both countries are unanimous on Taliban’s positive approach in Afghanistan and an “inclusive political settlement” is conducive for the region.
Resolving the issue of Afghanistan is important not only for Iran and Pakistan, but the whole region needs it, so it is expected that the governments of Iran and Pakistan will spare no effort to help alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people.
Pakistan has acknowledged the key role of Iran in bringing unity in Muslim Ummah as the Islamic Republic is leading the mission of strengthening Islamic unity.
Also, Pakistan had acknowledged the constructive and strong positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in support of the Palestinian people and Kashmir.
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