Pakistan wants to promote trade with Iran — president

ISLAMABAD, March 26 (KUNA) — President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with visiting Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani said that Pakistan wants to promote its trade and economic ties with Iran.
Both Presidents held a meeting at the President House in federal capital Islamabad and discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest, it was officially reported on Saturday.
During the meeting, President Mamnoon said, the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project will help meet the energy needs of Pakistan. The two sides also held delegation-level talks on the occasion. Earlier, President Hussain accorded a warm welcome to the Iranian President on his arrival.
On Friday, Pakistan and Iran signed six agreements and Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad for strengthening bilateral cooperation in different fields.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in a meeting with the visiting Iranian President on Saturday discussed matters related to regional security, said the military.
According to a press release by Pakistan military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen. Sharif called on President of Iran in federal capital Islamabad. During the meeting, matters related to regional security and Pakistani-Iranian relations were discussed. Issues related to border security and connectivity were also examined.
Gen. Sharif highlighted challenges faced by Pakistan and discussed involvement of Indian spy agency RAW in internal affairs of Pakistan, especially in southwestern Balochistan province. (end) sbk.rk