Iranian FM in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani leadership


ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Islamabad on Sunday night for a three-day visit to Pakistan.

The 30-member delegation, led by the foreign minister, was welcomed by senior officials of the Pakistan foreign ministry at the Islamabad Airport. Issues of mutual bilateral interests including trade, energy, culture and people to people contacts would be discussed with the Pakistani leadership.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will meet Javad Zarif to discuss various regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. Improving cooperation on connectivity projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will also be a topic for discussion.

A lecture on the “70 Years of Pakistan-Iran Relations and Future Prospects” at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) is planned to be delivered by him on 12 March.

Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to meet President Manoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the visit.

The Iranian foreign minister is expected to visit Karachi at the end of his trip and will leave for Tehran on 13 March.