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Pakistan to host Iranian President for bilateral talks


Islamabad, 19 April 2024 (TDI): Pakistan has announced hosting the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi for bilateral talks commencing from 22nd April 2024.

The Iranian President Raisi shall pay a three-day official visit to Islamabad.

Both the neighboring countries seek to mend relations through bilateralism after an unprecedented exchange of anti-terror missile strikes on each other’s territory.

“He is coming. We welcome them. The visit is on the card for April 22nd, 23rd and 24th. We are making full preparations for it,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar informed the reporters.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister rejected the idea of postponing the President Ibrahim Raisi’s visit in the backdrop of a military standoff between Iran and Israel.

“This visit had been planned for weeks and months before the incident occurred,” the Pakistani Foreign Minister explained.

Also Read: Iran-Israel escalation sparks Global concerns

Pak-Iran gas pipeline

The neighboring countries have recently renewed their pledges to build a long-planned multi-billion-dollar pipeline linking the two countries to import Iranian natural gas.

While Tehran says it has completed the construction of 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its side of the border.

Pakistan has not formally started the construction process considering the move in this regard shall invite US sanctions for importing energy from Iran.

Nuclear doctrine review

The Iranian Commander in Charge of nuclear security Ahmad Haghtalab alarmed that Iran could review its “nuclear doctrine” amid Israeli threats.

The said senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander shared the intent with Reuters on Thursday.

“A review of our nuclear doctrine and politics as well as considerations previously communicated is entirely possible,” he emphasized.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has on multiple occasions indicated that the nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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