Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the D-8 holds great potential to build on synergies between the eight leading Islamic countries. PM said this while talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Mr. Muhammad Javed Zarif who called on him at PM house.
PM said that Iranian participation in the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting of the D-8 earlier reinforces our shared confidence in the forum. We need to further strengthen economic ties within the D-8 family, PM added.
As leading members of D-8, Pakistan and Turkey and Iran can play a more pro-active role to achieve our goals of economic development and prosperity of our people, PM said.
Prime Minister congratulated Iran on the recently concluded nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 and expressed the hope that the process of “constructive engagement” would continue. PM committed that on its part, Pakistan will continue to support all efforts that further the cause of peace and stability in region.
Prime Minister said that my government places strong emphasis on friendly and good-neighbourly relations with all neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, India and Iran based on the principle of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Iranian Foreign Minister said that we are committed to enhance our cooperation with the democratic leadership of Pakistan. We will enhance bilateral cooperation and make it stronger, FM added. He said that Iran will support all initiatives of Pakistan to eliminate terrorism. Iranian Foreign Minister said that President Karzai is confident that things are moving in right direction with help of Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan.
Foreign Minister extended invitation, on behalf of President of Iran, to PM Nawaz Sharif to visit Iran in near future. PM Nawaz Sharif accepted invitation of President of Iran.