Parliamentary cooperation would be strengthened and potential for enhancing the economic links would be exploited to further cement the bilateral relations. Both Pakistan and Iran share common dream for development and prosperity of people, as the relationship between the two countries are embedded in history.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla said this while talking to the Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Ambassador of Iran who called on him here at Parliament House on Thursday. Senators Lt. Gen. ® Abdul Qayyum, Sajjad Hussain Turi and Walid Iqbal were also present at the meeting.
Mandviwalla said that Pakistan and Iran share common traditions, religious values and social aspirations and have supported each other not only on International issues but in the development agenda. He said that Pakistan attaches highest importance to its historic relations with Iran and we are looking forward to further enhance the traditional ties for better economic and political collaboration through increased Parliamentary linkages between the two countries. He said said that Pakistan and Iran have always cooperated with each other at the International Forums and have adopted a unified stance on different issues. “The recent years have witnessed enhanced cooperation in defence and security areas”, Mandviwalla observed. He said that trade potential must be exploited for mutual benefit of the people of two sides. Both sides need to work on evolving a mechanism to give trade more boost, he added.
Convener of Pak-Iran Friendship Group in the Senate Senator Lt. Gen. ® Abdul Qayyum and members of the group also welcomed the Iranian Ambassador. They said Pakistan is keen to work towards unity among Muslims as we can overcome many challenges if we work together. They also underlined the need for direct flights between Islamabad and Tehran.
Iranian Ambassador said that connectivity is very important as both countries enjoy social and cultural affinities. He informed that Iranian art and cinema industry is interested to invest in Pakistan and wanted to make a movie on the life of Allama Iqbal. He said we are also keen to develop cooperation in the field of media by setting up an Iranian media house in Pakistan. He also briefed the Senators about the steps taken by Iranian government to overcome coronavirus. He said that excellent cooperation has been seen between Pakistani authorities and their Iranian counterparts at boarders.
Regarding Kashmir, the Deputy Chairman Senate appreciated the Iranian counterparts and Iran’s highest level leadership for their support on Kashmir. He said that the people of Pakistan acknowledge the support and cooperation being extended by the Iranian side.
Iranian Ambassador agreed with the views of Deputy Chairman Senate and stressed for further boosting cooperation in different sectors through enhanced interaction.