Iranian FM arrives in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani leadership


He was warmly welcomed by senior officials of Foreign Ministry at Islamabad airport, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Iranian foreign minister also met Pakistani parliamentary speaker Ayaz Sadiq and the army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries as well as the defense cooperation.

Zarif arrived in Islamabad Sunday night at the head of a 30-member high-ranking politico-economic delegation for a three-day visit. He invited Pakistan and China to invest in the port of Chabahar strategically situated at the mouth of Straits of Hormuz and said both countries will need to cooperate for ending terrorism in the region.

During this meeting, the Iranian diplomat offered gratitude to Pakistan for undertaking stances against the anti-Iran resolution proposed at the United Nations Security Council.

During the Monday talks, the two sides referred to the historical and cultural commonalities between Iran and Pakistan and called for strengthening of ties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has told Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif that the two countries should work together against "terrorists".

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is related to projects including the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline and other energy issues which had earlier been halted due to sanctions and the American pressure.

Pakistani media quoted Zarif as saying that Iran's territory will not be used against Pakistan.

They also stressed the importance of increasing consular cooperation.

At the end of his last visit to Islamabad in May, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran and Islamabad have agreed to increase cooperation to boost security at the two countries' border areas.