Pakistan, Iran hold talks in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have held wide-ranging delegation-level talks in Islamabad today.

The talks covered all aspects of bilateral relations, the regional situation, and the global issues of mutual interest.

The two leaders first had one-on-one meeting.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was assisted in talks by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Syed Tariq Fatemi.

The talks focused on strengthening economic and trade ties between the two brotherly countries.

Earlier, the formal welcome ceremony for the Iranian president was held at Prime Minister’s House.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif greeted the distinguished guest on his arrival.

National anthems of the two countries were played. A contingent from the three services presented guard of honour to the Iranian president. He took the salute and inspected the guard of honour.

On the arrival of the visiting dignitary at the airport, twenty-one gun salute was given to him.

Radio Pakistan