Pakistan terms FM Zarif’s visit as positive development

Islamabad, Aug 30, IRNA -- Pakistan says visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to Islamabad is a 'very positive and welcoming' development.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal, while responding to a question at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, said Foreign Minister Zarif is arriving in Islamabad on Thursday to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on bilateral relations and regional situation.

“Foreign Minister Zarif will have talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the details of the meetings would be released later,” he said.

He went on to say that Iran is our brother, ‘we have historic ties with the country and the visit of Mr. Zarif is a very positive development for us.’ 'We have a long border with Iran and wish to have a peaceful, stable shared border,” he noted.

This would be the first visit by any foreign dignitary after the formation of new government in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention that this is Zarif’s eighth visit to Pakistan since he became the foreign minister in 2013.

To another question, Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Chabahar and Gwadar ports are complementary to each other and all options are being considered to enhance our cooperation with Iran. “We want to proceed on these projects with Iran jointly,” he said.

“We have no issue with India’s presence in Chabahar, we have to take the decisions which are in our own national interests,” he said.

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