Pakistan ‘actively considering’ sending high-level delegation to Iran

Pakistan to send delegation to Iran to boost ties

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Sherif reiterated his invitation to President Raisi to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience and the president renewed his invitation to the premier to visit Iran, according to the statement.

The prime minister underscored the need for closer bilateral engagement for boosting economic and energy cooperation, operationalising barter trade, opening border sustenance markets, and facilitating Pakistani Zaireen.

During the meeting, both sides affirmed the desire to strengthen cooperation in economic, trade, connectivity, energy, culture and people-to-people links.

Both the leaders positively evaluated the outcome of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission and agreed to further promote bilateral relations in diverse fields.

The prime minister thanked President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for expressing condolences and sympathies by sending humanitarian aid for the flood-affected people.

He highlighted the devastating impact of the floods caused by climate change and underscored that Pakistan, with the least carbon emissions, was bearing the cost of something for which it was not responsible.

He stressed the importance of tangible international action to help address the challenges that climatically vulnerable countries like Pakistan were facing.

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