May 25, 2019, 11:26 AM
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Pakistani Speaker stresses unity among Muslim Ummah

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA -- Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Asad Qaiser has stressed upon the need to forge unity among the Muslim Ummah, an official statement said.

He said this during a meeting with Foreign Minister of Iran Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, who paid an official visit to Pakistan, at the Parliament House.

The official statement said the meeting deliberated upon ways and means to further intensify Pak-Iran relations.

The speaker welcomed the Iranian minister and underlined the importance that both the people and government of Pakistan attached to its longstanding brotherly relations with Iran.

Speaker Qaiser expressed his deep concern over the recent tension in the Persian Gulf region, which posed a threat to regional peace and stability.

He added that all sides needed to exercise restraint and a solution may be found for amicable resolution within the framework of international law.

Qaiser also reiterated Pakistan’s support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which serves as an excellent example of a negotiated settlement of complex issues through diplomacy and dialogue.

Referring to his interaction with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani, the speaker said there was a broader consensus to strengthen Pakistan-Iran ties by enhancing parliamentary interaction and cooperation.

The speaker also talked about the ongoing Pak-Iran cooperation in diverse sectors.

He maintained that immense economic potential remained untapped on both sides, which needed to be utilized for mutual benefit.

Qaiser also expressed his satisfaction on the cooperation between law enforcement of the two countries, which had substantially led to a decrease in the insurgency, along both sides of the borders.

He further maintained that the military operation would continue until terrorism was exterminated from the Pakistani soil.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, in turn, thanked the speaker for his sentiments and held that Iran had a special affection for their Pakistani brethren.

He noted that continuous interaction between the political and parliamentary leadership from both countries would help further cement Pak-Iran relations.

Zarif also briefed the speaker on the role foreign countries were playing to implement the JCPOA.

He continued that Iran would exercise restraint yet not allow anyone to wage an economic war against its interests.

Zarif expressed confidence in the concerted efforts by all concerned countries and hoped that they would translate into a peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis.

Muslim leaders should play their role for bringing Ummah on the same page to counter common threats and challenges, the Iranian minister asserted.

He thanked Pakistan for the diplomatic support it extended to Iran, regionally and internationally.

Zarif arrived in Islamabad on Thursday evening to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on bilateral relations and regional situation.

During the visit, he also met with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.


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