Islamabad wants to lay foundation of new ties with Tehran: Pak speaker

Islamabad, April 21, IRNA – Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq described Iran as a very important neighbor of Pakistan and said Islamabad wants to lay the foundation of new relationships with Tehran.

In an interview with IRNA before departing for Tehran, he said his visit would further cement bilateral ties and the relationship between the two parliaments and the two neighboring nations.

“I am going to Iran on the invitation of my counterpart Ali Larijani and during my five-day visit, I will be meeting Larijanin, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and some other top officials of Iran. I will also visit holy cities of Qom and Mashhad for pilgrimage” he said.

The speaker said the delegation accompanying him during Iran visit consists of different political parties in the parliament.

Expressing his views, Ayaz Sadiq said Iran is a very important neighbor of Pakistan and with the changing world scenario both countries can do more trade and commerce.

He added, 'There has not been any single conference which Iran Majlis speaker Larijani and I have attended where we have not met on the sidelines. We will never miss any opportunity to meet and discuss the subjects of mutual interests.

'Various subjects from bilateral cooperation to regional issues will be discussed during my meetings with Iranian official in coming days.'

During his five-day stay in Iran, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq would also visit holy cities of Mashad and Qum for pilgrimage and the city of Esfahan for tourism. He would return back to Pakistan on Tuesday after completing his Iran tour.