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Won’t allow anyone to use our soil against Iran: PM


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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil against Iran at any cost adding terrorists are common enemy of both the countries. He said “we will move forward along with Iran for the establishment of peace in the region and for the elimination of terrorism.”

“Terrorism has widened distances and differences between both countries and I have come to Iran to end these differences,” Khan said. Earlier, PM Imran Khan held a one-on-one meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Iran will fulfill oil and gas requirements of Pakistan and all possible measures will be taken in connection with Pak-Iran gas pipeline.

Both leaders discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties, Pakistan-Iran border security situation, Afghanistan and Kashmir dispute, and overall regional security situation. After one-on-one meeting, PM Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also addressed a joint press conference.

The prime minister said that he was thankful for the invitation for Iran visit and also thanked the president for the warm welcome.

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Guard of Honor

Earlier, PM Imran Khan reached Saadabad Palace. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warmly welcomed him. National anthems of both countries were played on the arrival of PM Imran. He was also presented with a guard of honor.

Rapid Reaction Force to be Established

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that joint rapid reaction force would be established against terrorism. He said both the countries were bound in cultural, religious ties. Rouhani thanked PM Imran Khan and his delegation for their arrival in Tehran.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil against Iran at any cost adding terrorists are common enemy of both the countries.

He said that “we hold the relations between both the countries in high esteem.” Rouhani said security co-operation and trade ties between Pakistan and Iran would be strengthened further.

Iran will fulfill oil and gas requirements of Pakistan and all possible measures will be taken in connection with Pak-Iran gas pipeline. He said Iran is also ready to provide electricity to Pakistan and they want to foster commercial activities between both the countries.

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We will have to boost bilateral ties due to the prevailing regional situation, he said.

Both leaders also discussed other regional issues including Afghanistan, Golan Heights and Pasdaran Inqilab guards, the linkage between Chahbahar and Gwadar, Tehran-Istanbul and Islamabad Railway line and better relations between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.