ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its brotherly relations with Iran, rooted in common history, culture, geography and faith. The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to the Iranian Minister for Energy, Mr. Pervaiz Fattah, who called on him here at the Prime Minister’s House on Monday.
Talking on the regional situation, the Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s stance for not allowing its soil to be used against other countries for any terrorist activities. He said Pakistan always strived for peaceful co-existence with all its neighbors and expected the same from them as well.
He further said that sincere global efforts are required to confront collectively the scourge of terrorism instead of blaming Pakistan which has made immense sacrifices in this war. Expressing satisfaction over the bilateral relations between the two countries, the Prime Minister underscored the need for further promoting cooperation especially in the energy sector. He expressed the hope that the MoU signed between the two countries for the import of 1000 MW of electricity from Iran would soon be materialized.
The Prime Minister while underlining the importance of enhanced people-to-people contact said that frequent exchanges of visits is imperative to further cementing the exiting bilateral ties between the two countries.
Recalling his visit to Iran immediately after the demise of Imam Khumani, the Prime Minister termed it as a historic moment of his life. He also mentioned that his ancestors are from Iran.
Iranian Minister, Mr. Pervaiz Fattah termed the stability and security of Pakistan as essential for the peace and security of the region. Paying tribute to the martyred leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, Mr. Pervaiz Fattah said that the people of Iran have great love and respect for her untiring struggle for democracy and human rights.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Iranian Ambassador, Mr. MashAlla Shakeri and other senior officials.-SANA