Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Arrives in Islamabad
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Islamabad on Friday to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on improving relations and strengthening economic ties.
Rouhani is visiting Pakistan for the first time on invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“On way to Pakistan to discuss important regional and global issues and explore opportunities for constructive engagement,” Rouhani tweeted.
PM Nawaz received the Iranian president at Nur Khan Airbase as the foreign dignitary was given a 21-gun salute, Radio Pakistan reported.
According to the foreign ministry, the lifting of sanctions on Iran following its nuclear deal with the West “has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction”.
The Iranian president would also discuss cooperation on regional and international issues during his two days visit, the ministry said.
A high-level delegation comprising of ministers, senior officials and businessmen are also accompanying him on his first visit to Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Iran in May 2014 and in January this year to try to ease tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in early January after protesters burned Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.
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