Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday called on the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei and discussed bilateral relations and the need to further strengthen these in all areas, says a press release received from Tehran here today.
President Zardari and the Iranian supreme leader also exchanged views on bilateral, regional and global issues of concern besides the fight against militancy.
The two leaders held two rounds of talks including the delegation level and one on one meeting. Iranian President Ahmadinejad was present in both delegation level meeting as well as in one on one meeting between President Zardari and the Iranian supreme leader.
Interior Minister Mr. A. Rehman Malik, Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Iran Mr. Khalid Aziz Babar and Spokesman to the President Farhatullah Babar were also present in the delegation level meeting.
The two leaders also discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, with particular reference to the gradual withdrawal of the US forces.
This was President Zardari’s second meeting with the Iranian Supreme leader. He last met him in June, when he was there to attend the international conference on the fight against terrorism.
Spokesman to the President Farhatullah Babar briefing the media said Iran’s Supreme leader and President Zardari also agreed on the need of further widening the scope of relations to encompass all spheres of interaction.
They were of the view that greater economic and commercial ties would not only boost their political but also their people to people contacts.
President Zardari said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran and regards it an important friend and player in the region. He said ties between the two countries were rooted in historical, cultural and religious bonds.
He said Pakistan believes in strengthening ties with its neighbours to bring about peace and stability in the region and to optimally benefit from shared development and prosperity.
President Zardari said Pakistan’s relations with other countries were based on principles of respect for their sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, non-intervention and non-interference.
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