ISLAMABAD: Pakistan values its relations with Iran and the new government would take steps for further strengthening ties between the two brotherly countries, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. Talking to Iran’s Advisor on Cultural Affairs, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Tashkiri, at PM House, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday Pakistan attaches high priority to its relations with Iran. The countries had shred history, geography, faith, culture, he added.
The Prime Minister said both countries being members of Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) had a responsibility to confront the challenges faced by Muslim Ummah from within and the outside world. He said as founding members of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Pakistan and Iran should take lead in making the body more vibrant in achieving economic integration of the region.
Ayatollah Tashkiri told the Prime Minister that he was visiting Pakistan for attending the Conference on Islamic Unity being held in Peshawar. He expressed his condolences over the sad demise of Pakistan Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto. He invited Prime Minister to visit Gilan, an ancestral town of Yousaf Raza Gillani in Iran.-SANA