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Pakistan and Iran are determined to increase cooperation in various fields

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Pakistan and Iran have reiterated their commitment to further expand mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas of mutual interest.

This determination was expressed in a meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Dr. Syed Ibrahim Raisi in Islamabad.

Both sides stressed the need to activate bilateral trade mechanisms to increase the volume of trade to ten billion dollars. They stressed the need to work together to overcome the challenges facing the region. In addition, they discussed important regional and global developments, especially the situation in the Middle East.

President Asif Ali Zardari expressed deep concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and strongly condemned Israel’s military aggression against the people of Gaza, which resulted in the martyrdom of thousands of innocent Palestinians. He assured that Pakistan will provide constant and clear support to the Palestinian cause.

The two leaders reiterated the need for increased international efforts to end Israeli oppression of the people of Gaza and increase aid.

Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan and Iran have close brotherly relations based on common religion, culture and history, which need to be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of both the brotherly countries.

He thanked Dr. Syed Ibrahim Raisi for being the first head of state to visit Pakistan after the general elections, reflecting the Iranian president’s deep personal commitment to Pakistan.

The Pakistani President appreciated Iran’s principled stance and India’s continuous support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their right to self-determination.

Iranian President Dr. Seyed Ibrahim Raisi emphasized the need to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations in all areas of mutual interest. He said that the interests of the two brotherly countries emphasized on strengthening the economic, commercial and cultural relations.

Dr. Syed Ibrahim Raisi highlighted that there is immense potential to increase the bilateral trade between the two countries to the level of ten billion dollars.

He appreciated Pakistan’s continuous support to its Palestinian brothers during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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