Pakistan considering Iran close friend, key partner: Speaker

Islamabad, Dec 25, IRNA - Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly (Parliament) said that Pakistan considers Islamic Republic of Iran as its close friend and strategic partner.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on the sidelines of first six-nation Speakers' Conference in Islamabad.

The Speaker thanked the Iranian delegation for attending the conference, adding that Iran played an active role in making the conference a success.

Expressing his views, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Iran and Pakistan share common friends and enemies at the international fronts.

He called for enhancing strong ties between Iran and Pakistan in all areas.

Ayaz Saqiq said that for the expansion of Iran-Pakistan relations, the role of parliaments of both countries is very important and 'we hope that the specific parliamentary committees of both countries will play an effective role in promoting mutual relations, including commercial activities'.

Larijani, for his part, said that Iran and Pakistan share many commonalities, thus both should take further measures to enhance their cooperation in political, economic and cultural fronts.

He stressed the need for the implementation of the agreements signed between the two countries to cement bilateral ties.

Larijani said there is a need for promoting road and railway links between Chabahar and Gwadar ports.

Iran's parliament speaker said that both countries are committed to increase bilateral trade volume to $5 billion, which will benefit both countries.

Larijani called for immediate resumption of banking relations between Iran and Pakistan, and said, 'We expect from the Pakistani side to take necessary steps in this regard.'

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