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Iranian President Raisi expresses desire to speak at a ‘public gathering’ in Pakistan

During his visit, President Raisi emphasized that he didn't feel "alienated" in Pakistan, highlighting the strong bond between the people of Pakistan and Iran.

Upon his arrival in Lahore, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi expressed his desire to address a public gathering during his ongoing three-day official visit to Pakistan.

Although he wished to speak at a public event, President Raisi stated that it wasn’t feasible due to certain reasons. Instead, he visited the mausoleum of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore to honor the “poet of the East.”

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During his visit, President Raisi emphasized that he didn’t feel “alienated” in Pakistan, highlighting the strong bond between the people of Pakistan and Iran. He expressed confidence that the hearts of both nations will remain connected.

President Raisi commended Pakistan for its principled stance on Gaza and expressed his belief in the eventual success of Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

Reflecting on Allama Iqbal’s significance, President Raisi underscored the poet’s message on combating colonialism.

Earlier in Lahore, President Raisi received a warm welcome from Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. Various provincial ministers and officials were also present to greet the Iranian leader.

President Raisi’s itinerary in Lahore includes a visit to GC University and meetings with CM Maryam and Governor of Punjab Baligh Ur Rehman.

To facilitate President Raisi’s visit, the Punjab government announced a public holiday in Lahore for the day.

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Subsequently, President Raisi will travel to Karachi for meetings with Governor Kamran Tessori and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. He will also pay his respects at Quaid’s mausoleum before departing for Tehran on Wednesday.