PM Nawaz to visit Iran from May 11

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Iran from May 11 to 12, on the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani.

This would be the first leadership level visit since the formation of new governments in the two countries, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Prime Minister would be accompanied by a high-ranking delegation including Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meeting with President Rouhani and call on the Rahbar, Ayatollah Ali Khamenai.

The leadership level discussions would provide the two sides an opportunity to review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Consistent with the vision of the two leaders, special focus would be attached to strengthening economic ties between Pakistan and Iran.

In this context, the existing potential of bilateral trade would be reinforced through initiatives aimed at enhancing physical connectivity between the sides.

A number of MoUs and agreements on cooperation in various fields would also be signed during the visit of the Prime Minister with a view to institutionalizing mutually beneficial cooperation.

According to the Foreign Office, a peaceful neighbourhood remains a key priority of the government. Iran is an important pivot in this policy.

The visit of the Prime Minister to Iran would not only provide a political affirmation to our bilateral relations, but would also set a forward trajectory for their future course, it added.