Pakistan sides with Iran, as Trump cuts $300 mn in Aid

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pakistan newly elected Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, in a conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that the two countries were connected by inseparable bonds of history, religion and culture.

Both Zarif and Imran Khan also called for enhanced efforts to establish peace and stability in the region by fighting against terrorism and extremism. “Terrorism is a regional and global phenomenon and Iran is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in this regard,” Zarif said.

Pakistan and Iran started cooperating on border security last year and during this latest meeting, the officials discussed military and security cooperation.

PM Khan emphasized the need to restore complete peace and stability in the region, adding that the two countries “remained the key to growth and prosperity through enhancing connectivity and promoting people to people linkages”.

The Iranian foreign minister extended an invitation to Khan, from President Hassan Rouhani, to attend the upcoming Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Iran, in October.

Khan, in turn, expressed gratitude to the Supreme Leader for showing support for Kashmir as well as celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day.

Iran marked the occasion by displaying large greetings along major highways in multiple cities and electronic screens in their public transport system.

Zarif noted that Pakistan is an “important” neighboring country to Iran and stressed that no third country can negatively affect relations between the two.

In May, United States President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the Iran nuclear pact, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran citing “threatening, destabilizing behavior.”

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