Stating that the Islamic Revolution of Iran is an exceptional opportunity for developing and deepening ties with neighbouring and Muslim countries, President Rouhani said: “Iran and Pakistan have ample opportunities to develop relations in economic, political and cultural fields that should be tapped to meet the will of the two nations”.
In the phone conversation that was initiated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday, President Rouhani said: “Tehran welcomes developing ties with Islamabad”.
“I hope in the coming meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which is going to be held in Pakistan, we witness positive development, closer relations among member countries and also more cooperation in the regional organisation,” Dr Rouhani continued.
Appreciating the Pakistani PM’s condolences over Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s passing away, President Rouhani said: “He was a great figure and an important factor in establishing closer ties between the two countries and we are trying to maintain the friendly ties”.
During the conversation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan congratulated the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution to the Iranian nation and government and said: “Developing ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the priorities of Pakistan’s foreign policy”.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also described Iran as a friend and brother nation and said: “We are trying to further deepen relations between the two countries”.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan also invited President Rouhani to attend the 13th ECO meeting and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s presence in the meeting was very important for promoting the organisation.