Iranian FM arrives in Pakistan with political, economic delegation

Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Hossain Amir Abdollahian, center left, with officials from Pakistan’s foreign ministry and Iran’s Embassy in Islamabad on August 2, 2023. (Photo courtesy: @IRIMFA_EN/Twitter)

Today, Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr. Hossain Amir Abdollahian arrived in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, leading a political and trade delegation with the aim to significantly expand diplomatic relations between the two countries, as confirmed by Pakistan’s foreign office.

The bond between Pakistan and Iran is built on cordiality, with shared aspects like economy, religion, linguistics, cultural linkages, and spiritual affiliation. Back in June, the two nations agreed to elevate trade and bilateral cooperation in several sectors, including energy and transport, following two-day bilateral political consultations held in Tehran.

In an effort to facilitate cross-border trade, enhance economic growth, and create new opportunities for local businesses, Islamabad and Tehran jointly inaugurated a border market and an electricity transmission line at a border crossing in May, benefiting people on both sides.

“The Iranian Foreign Minister is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan, invited by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,” stated Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson.

Prior to the visit, the Iranian embassy in Islamabad announced that the Iranian minister would lead a delegation comprising political, economic, trade, parliamentary, and media representatives during the visit.

The objective of the Iranian official’s visit is to significantly expand relations with Islamabad while also following up on previous agreements, including the Polan-Gabed electricity transmission line and the Pishin-Mand border market, as mentioned in a press release by the Iranian embassy.

During his stay, Abdollahian is scheduled to hold meetings with his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan’s army chief General Syed Asim Munir, and the chairman and speaker of the upper and lower houses of the Pakistani parliament.

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