Pakistan keen to expand ties with Iran in various sectors: Info min

Islamabad, Feb 1, IRNA – Pakistan Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyam Aurangzeb says the government is keen to expand ties with Iran in various sectors, including economy and culture.

Addressing a program to mark the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), she said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the neighboring countries.

The Minister of State said Iran has cooperated with Pakistan in elimination of terrorism from the country.

On the occasion Iranian traditional music band ‘Kook’ presented musical performance. Iranian artists including Syed Ali Sohofi, Zaman Khairi, Saeed Jalalian, Amir Parveez Ahmadi, Muhammad Baqir Zenali and Amir Mardaneh got big appluase from the audience.

Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, Cultural Counselor of Iranian Embassy Shahaboddin Daraei, Director General PNCA Syed Jamal Shah were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Mehdi Honardoost stressed more cultural co-operation between the two countries and informed the gathering that more cultural and artistic activities were in the pipeline in the coming year in Pakistan.

Director General PNCA Jamal Shah appreciated the cultural and artistic presentation of Iranian artists and performers.

He announced that PNCA will reciprocate by sending a cultural and artistic troupe to Iran in near future.

Iran Cultural Counselor Shahaboddin Daraei thanked the Government of Pakistan, particularly Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage for their cooperation in organizing the Iran Traditional Music and culture.

A photographic and artifacts exhibition from Iran was also displayed depicting Iranian people and society.