Jul 5, 2021, 9:22 AM
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Pakistani PM calls Iranian president-elect

Islamabad, IRNA -- Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Sunday held a telephone conversation with President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi and discussed matters of mutual interests.

A PM house official statement said Imran Khan congratulated President-elect Raisi on his victory in the presidential elections held on 18 June 2021, which was a manifestation of Iranian people’s trust in his leadership.

“The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed on further boosting existing cooperation, in particular in its economic dimension,” it said.

It was affirmed that the establishment of border sustenance markets along Pakistan-Iran border was an important step, which would yield economic and social benefits for the people of both countries.

It added that Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed concern at the worsening security situation in Afghanistan and cautioned that the latest developments could lead to serious repercussions for both Pakistan and Iran, resulting in an influx of refugees towards the bordering areas of the two countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly underscored the imperative of a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. Both sides emphasized the need to continue facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive political settlement.

The Prime Minister thanked Iran for its steadfast support for the cause of Kashmir. Expressing concern at the serious human rights situation in Kashmir and Palestine, the two leaders emphasized the need to resolve these long-standing disputes in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

“It was agreed to maintain high-level exchanges, with both leaders extending invitations to each other to pay official visits,” said the statement.

It is pertinent to mention that soon after the victory in the presidential elections Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated Ebrahim Raisi through a Twitter message.

Iran’s 13th presidential election was held simultaneously with the sixth round of municipal council elections for the cities and villages, the first mid-term for 11th round of parliamentary by-election, and the second mid-term for the fifth round of Assembly of Experts' election.

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