ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani Monday said that Pakistan and Iran had deep cultural linkages stemmed in history and there is need for strong economic relations.
He was speaking with the Iranian ambassador Alireza Haghighian who called on him at the Senate.
Chairman Senate said the recent meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister was fruitful as “such meetings help cement ties between the two brotherly countries as well as their parliaments.”
He hoped the ongoing Iranian negotiations on nuclear issues will come through with a fruitful outcome so that sanctions on Iran are lifted and Tehran is able to play its traditional role in the comity of nations.
He said Pakistan is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestation and that it was successfully fighting terrorism on its soil through Zarb-e-Azb which was yielding results yet, he said, there was need for close cooperation among the friendly nations of the region particularly Pakistan and Iran for the sake of peace and stability.
He said the economic relations between the two brotherly countries are lacking and hoped for an improvement on both sides of the border.
He also expressed his hope that trade between the two countries will increase in other spheres as well.
Chairman Rabbani hoped the countries will be able to make progress on the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project launched by the previous PPP government as it will help ease the energy crisis in Pakistan.