Maintaining good ties with Iran, in Pakistan’s interest: Pak daily

Islamabad, Sept 3, IRNA - leading Pakistani English news daily said it is in Pakistan’s essential national interest to maintain good ties with Iran.

‘Dawn’ in its editorial comments said Pakistan and Iran stand to make significant gains from ramping up bilateral trade and other economic activities.

It said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Pakistan demonstrated that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s pledge in his victory speech on July 26 to stabilize and improve relations with neighbours is a serious goal of his government.

“Mr Khan’s meeting with the Iranian foreign minister ahead of a visit to Pakistan by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also sends a signal that the PTI government will attempt to chart an independent course,” it said.

Dawn noted that furthermore, Mr Zarif’s meeting will not have gone unnoticed in Saudi Arabia.

“To be clear, it is in Pakistan’s essential national interest to maintain good ties with Iran and, indeed, all its neighbours,” said the paper.

It said Pakistan and other countries are still committed to the 2015 landmark nuclear deal better knwon as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and taking a principled stance in support of dialogue and international agreements.

It viewed that Pakistan and Iran stand to make significant gains from ramping up bilateral trade and other economic activities.

“Nearly a decade ago, there was, briefly, hope that Pakistan would find a way to build and activate the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, but fierce US opposition prevented Pakistan from getting Iranian gas at a time of great shortages in the country,” it added.

Dawn said today, Pakistan ought to be able to explain to the US and Saudi Arabia — in fact, both should realize themselves — that its legitimate economic and security needs require stable ties with Iran and other regional countries.

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