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News number: 9107126647

20:04 | 2012-12-12

Foriegn Policy

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Official: Iran-Pakistan Sustainable Ties Outcome of Strategic Approach

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran and Islamabad have always attached importance to the improvement of their strategic cooperation, which has resulted in sustainable bilateral ties, an Iranian official said.



"The strategic views of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan towards each other have consolidated their bilateral relations," Director-General of Sistan-Baluchestan Governorate for Political and Elections Affairs Gholamreza Ziaee said in a meeting with Pakistani Consul General in Zahedan Taher Mahmoud Qureishi on Wednesday.

The Pakistani consul general, for his part, said that his country attaches importance to trade transactions and cultural exchanges with Iran.

"The Pakistani consulate in Zahedan is prepared to have further cooperation (with Iran) in issuing visas and in trade and cultural activities," Qureishi added.

Earlier this month, a senior Iranian legislator underlined the age-old ties between Iran and Pakistan, and called for the enhancement of bilateral economic and trade ties and cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told the Islamic republic news agency that the two countries enjoy abundant potentials to boost trade and economic relationship.

He said that Iran wants to enhance trade ties with Pakistan, knowing their importance for both the nations.

Boroujerdi said that recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Pakistan and upcoming visit of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari of Iran show that how much these countries are serious in boost mutual cooperation.

Iran and Pakistan have always had very close and intimate relations throughout the history.

The two countries exchange delegations on a regular basis and their leaders are resolved to further accelerate expansion of ties and cooperation between the two neighboring nations.

The final agreement on a pipeline project, which is due to take Iran's rich gas reserves to energy-hungry Pakistan, is also due to be signed during an upcoming visit by Zardari to Iran.

"The final agreement (on the project) will be most likely signed during Asif Ali Zardari's upcoming visit to Tehran," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told reporters in Pakistan on Wednesday.

He further said Iran has accepted to fund the project up to $500mln.