Islamabad, June 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Ambassador of Iran, Alireza Haghighan called on the Federal Minister for Interior, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad. The Federal Minister and the Iranian Ambassador discussed the various issues of mutual interest.
The Minister felicitated the Iranian Ambassador on election of the new President of Iran. In response, the Iranian Ambassador congratulated the Minister on assumption of the charge of Interior Minister and the peaceful transition of one civilian Government to another in Pakistan.
The Minister added that Pakistan attach great importance to its relationship with Iran and both countries enjoy long standing cultural, religious, economic and social relations.
On this occasion, the Iranian Ambassador said that Interior Ministries of Pakistan and Iran also enjoy close collaboration and interact with each other on various securities related issues.
While pointing out to some pending issues between the two Ministries the Iranian Ambassador said that 17th Session of Border Commission, constituted to check human and drug trafficking and smuggling has been due in Quetta for long. He requested that the meeting of Border Commission should be held at the earliest. Secondly the Iranian Ambassador raised the issue of 5th meeting of Counsellor Commission that was to be held in Islamabad.
Concerns were raised regarding various delays in resident Visa and extension of visas that Iranian citizens face in Pakistan.
The Ambassador requested the Federal Minister to take steps to build infrastructure and facilities on Pakistan side of Pishin border so that this opening could be used for the benefit of both countries.
Responding to the issues raised by the Iranian Ambassador, the Federal Minister of Interior said that he would undertake efforts to address outstanding issues. The Minister stated that he attached great importance to friendship with Iran and recalled that it was actually in last tenure of PML-N Government when the first Ministerial Commission was constituted during his and Mr. Sartaj Aziz’s visit to Iran.
The Minister also reminded the Iranian Ambassador that the first memorandum on Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline was signed in 1991 in Karachi during the tenure of PML-N when he was Federal Minister for Petroleum.
In end, the Minister assured the Iranian Ambassador that not only would he address the issues raised by the Ambassador but would also chart a new course of mutual cooperation that would further deepen the cultural, religious economic and brotherly relations of both countries.
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