Tuesday, 04 December 2018
source: shiitenews

Iranís Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi held important meetings with senior Pakistani officials to discuss bilateral ties in his Pakistan visit that began yesterday.
Araqchi reached Pakistan Monday and had separate meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. Earlier he also met with Chairman of Pakistanís Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.
Araqchi said that Iran and Pakistan always hold bilateral discussion at foreign ministers level and his visit is part of that mechanism. He said that he had a fruitful meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi where both sides discussed issues of mutual interest.
The Iranian official went on to say that it was necessary to hold discussion on regional and global issues, especially the situation arising after the unilateral American sanctions on Iran.
He added that Iran and Pakistan are two close friendly neighbors who always stood with each other. Deputy Foreign Minister said that Iran and Pakistan share common history and culture.
Araqchi expressing his views said that issue of abducted Iranian border guards came under discussion with Pakistani officials.
He said Iran appreciates Pakistanís efforts for the release of five abducted border guards.
ďWe have full confidence in the efforts of our Pakistani friends for the release of remaining seven Iranian border guards and for this both countries are in constant touch with each other,Ē he said.
Abbas Araqchi also participated in joint talks with Pakistanís Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua during which different bilateral issues were discussed.

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