Pak official calls for more strong ties with Iran

Islamabad, April 20, IRNA -- Pakistan’s former permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva has called for further strengthening of bilateral ties with Iran especially in diplomatic and economic fields.

In an interview with IRNA, Zamir Akram said the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Tehran will even further enhance Iran-Pakistan relationship.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay an official visit to Iran on 21-22 April 2019 on the invitation of President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. This will be the first visit of the Prime Minister to Iran.

Zamir Akram said: 'In my view this is a very important visit, Iran is our neighbor and we have long traditional relations, history, culture, religion.

“Iran has been our friend which has come to our help many times in past,” said the intellectual.

Pakistan’s former permanent representative to Conference on Disarmament added there are certain difficulties in the region but Pakistan views said that these differences between Muslim countries should be resolved through dialogue, cooperation and compromise, so it will be an important visit by the Prime Minister to Iran.

Former representative at the UN expressing his views said that bilateral cooperation would be the major topic during Prime Minister’s visit. “We have a lot of potential for trade but that has not been fully utilized to the maximum level,” noted the analyst.

The expert went on to say that people to people contact between Iran and Pakistan is also very important aspect of the bilateral ties. He said lots of Pakistanis visit Iran for religious purposes but we should also encourage Iranians to visit Pakistan as well.

Zamir Akram said Iran and Pakistan also have lot of cooperation in the international domain within the OIC, within the UN and other multilateral areas.

“I think the two sides will also discuss security issues as there are certain security concerns that Iran has particularly along border areas of Iran and Pakistan,” said the former envoy.

He said that terrorism is a shared problem and we need to cooperate on that and have a common approach to deal with it.

The expert on international affairs said the regional Muslims countries should work towards resolving their differences through compromise and understanding and Pakistan is ready to play its part in that respect.

Akram added there would also be discussion about the pressure that has been put on Iran by the US and some countries in the region.

A noted non-proliferation expert said Pakistan consistently believes that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should be respected and should be implemented and the policy of putting pressure on Iran is counterproductive. “It will only create further instability in the region,” viewed the former ambassador.

Zamir Akram said declaring Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as terrorist organization by the US is a very subjective approach to deal with the issues in the region.

“No one country has a right to decide who is a terrorist and who is not,” noted the analyst.

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