Tehran/Islamabad, 16 November 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian held a phone call on Wednesday.
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During the conversation, both sides discuss the latest bilateral, regional, and international developments.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan highlighted both countries’ historical and amicable ties. He expressed the view to strengthen collaborations in mutual, regional, and international developments.
“Pakistan’s government is against any violence and terrorist attack in Iran. We stand with the brotherly neighbor to culminate any threat that devalues human life and freedom,” Bilawal enunciated.
For his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister appreciated Pakistan’s support in condemning a recent terrorist attack by Daesh on the holy shrine of Shahcheragh in Shiraz, Fars Province.
Amirabdollahian expressed solidarity over the recent flood crisis in Pakistan. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to assist the government and people of Pakistan in this hour of need, he continued.
While referring to the relations between both countries, he expressed satisfaction and called for the expansion of cooperation concerning developments in Afghanistan and support for resolving Afghan refugees’ woes.
Pakistan, Iran bilateral relations
The relationship between Pakistan and Iran has developed over the years. Both countries share more than 900 kilometers of border and many mutual geopolitical, cultural, and religious interests.
Despite having issues like sectarian violence, different foreign policies, and varying interests, relations are still going young.
The common interests that strengthen the relations are the situation in Afghanistan, the trafficking of arms, humans, and narcotics, the issue of refugees, and the fight against terrorism.
It is pertinent to mention that both Pakistan and Iran are expected to give final shape to the proposed bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the upcoming months. The trade volume will increase to 4 billion dollars after inking the agreement.