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PM Imran and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa

PM Imran and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Pakistan is an "important" neighboring country to Iran, stressing that no third country can negatively affect relations between the two countries.

The ties between the two countries, although historic, have been marked by ambiguity in recent years, especially during the previous government led by Nawaz Sharif, who was seen heavily tilted towards Riyadh.

According to a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of Pakistan, the newly-appointed Pakistani foreign minister, for his part, said Tehran and Islamabad have potential for strengthening the already strong bilateral relationship, adding that the two sides have stood by each other in hard moments. Sidhu visited Pakistan to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Khan, a cricketer turned politician, on August 18.

He added that this is the second time the U.S. has suspended funds meant to repay Pakistan for money spent on the war against terror.

Sufi believed that it is a very positive development because political leaders, including the pro-India, have also thrown weight behind Khan's policies to peacefully resolve disputes with India.

The Prime Minister stressed upon the need for improving governance, service delivery, transparency and promoting merit at all levels in order to capitalize the huge potential of the country.

Pakistan will hold its presidential elections today.

Both Pakistan and Iran are members of the organization.

He said that Modi's phone call to Khan is being taken as that India is also willing to engage with Pakistan.

Detailed discussions were held on regional and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and the USA decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015, said ministry said in a statement.

"Terrorism is a regional and global phenomenon and Iran is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in this regard", Zarif said.

And Pakistan's foreign currency reserves fell to about half their total recorded in October 2016. "We are examining the implications of the U.S.' re-imposed sanctions on Iran", he said, "however, Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests while respecting the worldwide legal regime". Pakistan is not taking any aid from the USA, he asserted. President Donald Trump had in his New Year tweet lambasted Pakistan and threatened to withhold military aid.

The summit did not result in any significant development on the issue.

She said the proposal, which is a "model for conflict resolution", would be presented before the Pakistani Cabinet and also Mr Khan.

Muhammad Zia-ur-Rehman, a professor at the National Defense University in Islamabad, viewed that tension-free relations with neighbors are a key aspect of Pakistan's diplomacy.

Khan vowed to transform social services and overhaul the agricultural sector of the country. We can resolve the poverty crisis in South Asia.

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