Pakistani Governor Highlights Solid Relations with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistan shares several historic and cultural values with Iran, which further strengthens ties between the two countries, a Pakistani official said.
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer made the remarks in a meeting with an Iranian delegation headed by Governor General of Iran's northeastern Khorassan province Mohammad Jawad Mohammadi Zadeh.
At the meeting, the Pakistani official said the Iranian city Mashhad and Lahore were called sister cities and the Ferdowsi University and the Punjab University were also collaborating to run a number of programmes.
He said the government was planning to start the Pakistan International Airlines' flights from Lahore to Mashhad.
He said Pakistan condemned the Israeli aggression in Palestine. The governor assured the delegation that the Pakistani people wanted a fair solution to the Palestine conflict.
He also announced to exhibit the artwork of Lahori painters in Mashhad in collaboration with Iran's Department of International Exhibitions.
The Khorassan governor general said he had brought with him traders, educationists and researchers, adding that the Iranian government wanted to strengthen mutual ties.
He reaffirmed that the Iranian president was keen to build ties with Pakistan, adding that unity among all sects of Muslims was his mission and stressed that all Islamic countries should follow the same policy.
He was of the view that no strong voice could be raised against Israeli genocide in Palestine unless Muslims tried to locate the reasons of their failure.
The Iranian official said Muslims should follow Allama Iqbal's philosophy of pan-Islamism and educate their youths about his teachings.
He said the Iranian government wanted to buy rice, fruits, sugar and spices from Pakistan, and invited Governor Salmaan Taseer to visit Mashhad.