Iran's foreign minister arrives in Pakistan on ties

Source: Xinhua| 2018-03-12 12:26:51|Editor: Yurou
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ISLAMABAD, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Pakistan late Sunday on a three-day official visit for talks on regional issues, officials here said on Monday.

Zarif is scheduled to hold official talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif later on Monday on key issues, focusing on anti-terror cooperation, border security and economic issues, official sources said. Both foreign ministers are expected to speak at a joint press conference.

Cooperation for the Afghan peace and reconciliation and against the Islamic State group will also be a part of the discussions.

Zarif is also expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and military chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, a diplomatic source told Xinhua.

The Iranian foreign minister is accompanied by a 30-member delegation, including representatives from the business sector. He will also address Pakistan-Iran business conference.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Faisal on Thursday said the Iranian foreign minister's visit is part of the regular bilateral political consultations between both sides.

"Pakistan and Iran remain actively engaged in enhancing cooperation in all areas of mutual interest," he said at his weekly briefing. The Iranian minister will participate in the Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Forum. After visiting Islamabad, he will travel to Pakistani's commercial city Karachi.