Islamabad, 18 August 2022 (TDI): The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs of Pakistan, Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq, hosted a luncheon for the Iranian Delegation.

The Iranian delegation was headed by the Minister for roads and urban development, Rostam Ghasemi. The Ministers discussed matters of mutual interest.

Pakistan’s Minister emphasized that Pakistan places a great value on its relations with its neighbor Iran. He also reiterated that Pakistan is eager to further strengthen these ties in all areas of shared interest.

Sadiq stated, “Pakistan and Iran are not only neighbors but brothers.” He further added, “Pakistan has always given priority to the Islamic Republic of Iran. And the Government of Pakistan is looking forward to enhancing this relationship that would be mutually beneficial for both sides.”

The Iranian Minister Rostam Ghasemi stated, “Iran does not have any limitation of cooperation in any field.” He emphasized that both countries should cooperate to advance growth in areas like energy, agriculture, industry, and trade.

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Pakistan and Iran Relations

Pakistan-Iran bilateral relations are rooted in historical linkages based on religious, linguistic, cultural linkages, and spiritual affiliation. Relations between Pakistan and Iran have by large remained positive.

Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan after its independence. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran, Pakistan was among the first countries to recognize the new dispensation. The two countries have supported each other at critical junctures in their history.

Both nations are building relationships in several areas of common interest. Both are cooperating in confronting the insurgency in the Baluchistan region and continuing to collaborate economically where it is possible.

Iran has also indicated an interest in participating in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, especially the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Iran and Pakistan are working at an expert level to improve road and rail connectivity. This includes the upgradation of the 700-kilometer Quetta-Taftan highway, improving facilities at border crossing points, and opening up new border crossing points.

The leadership of both countries named the Pakistan-Iran border the “Border of Peace, Friendship and Love.” There are many border management mechanisms operational between the two countries.