Iranian foreign minister in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani leadership

Iranian FM due today on 4-day visit

"Pakistan and Iran remain actively engaged in enhancing cooperation in all areas of mutual interest", he said at his weekly briefing.

In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif, who called on him on Monday, the prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to enhance mutually beneficial economic cooperation with Iran including bilateral trade, investments and commercial interaction.

"Together, we can move towards free trade agreement", he shared, adding that Pakistan and Iran are leading Muslim countries in different industries.

Muhammad Javad Zarif arrives in Pakistan today on a 4- day visit.

Radio Pakistan reported that a 30-member business delegation comprising representatives from economic, trade and business sectors is accompanying the Iranian foreign minister.

Pakistan and Iran have had close ties.

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The $7 billion project was conceived in the 1990s to connect Iran's giant South Pars gas field to the subcontinent.

The two ministers also exchanged views on important developments on regional and global peace and security.

Zarif also invited Pakistan and China to invest in the port of Chabahar, strategically situated at the mouth of Straits of Hormuz and said both countries will need to cooperate for ending terrorism in the region.

Iran and Pakistan seek to increase bilateral trade volume to nearly five billion dollars per year.

The visit likely aims to reduce tensions between the two neighbors.

Zarif said he had held "good" talks with senior Pakistani officials, adding that the two sides had agreed to set up a joint security committee in the near future.

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