Islamabad, 13 February 2022 (TDI): Dr. Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian Interior Minister will be arriving in Pakistan on 14th February. The Minister is coming at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

The Interior Minister of Pakistan will receive the eminent dignitary at the Noor Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi. The Iranian Interior Minister will hold meetings with government officials during his one-day visit to Pakistan.

Whilst here, Dr. Ahmad Vahidi will also meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan tomorrow. In addition, he will hold a diplomatic engagement with the Pakistani Interior Minister, along with his delegation.

During the various meetings, talks will be held on Pak-Iran border management as well as the implementation of the prisoner exchange program. This will be the first visit of the Iranian Interior Minister to Pakistan ever since his appointment.

Iran-Pakistan Relations

After the independence of Pakistan in August 1947, Iran was among the first countries to recognize the sovereign status of the nascent state. The two contiguous neighbors have continued to collaborate economically.

Aside from that, the two countries have developed partnerships in myriad fields of mutual interest. These include fighting the drug trade along the border as well as combating the insurgency in Balochistan.

Moreover, Iran is also interested to join the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Diplomatic ties between the two neighbors have improved lately under the policies of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

Imran Khan aims to augment Pakistan’s relationship with its neighbor. In the same vein, he also offered to act as a mediator to resolve the differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Economically, the two countries collaborate with one another, regularly. The main products exported from Iran to Pakistan are petroleum gas, refined petroleum, as well as scrap iron.

The relationship between Iran and Pakistan is expected to deepen under the geo-economic policies of the incumbent Pakistani government, especially in the realm of trade and economy.