TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, calling for further cooperation to fight against terrorism, said the Islamic Republic believes in Pakistan’s effective role to establish security in the region.
Larijani made the remarks in a joint press conference on Saturday with his Pakistani counterpart Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
Describing his talks with speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan very constructive and comprehensive, Larijani said “the main topics in talks focused on expansion of economic relations between the two countries; achieving trade relations with value of five billion dollars requires different and active mechanisms; the two countries have taken some steps toward the goal.”
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, for his part, noting the examination of concerns and complaints of Iran and Pakistan in his meeting with Iranian counterpart, said “we tried to resolve minor differences to avoid them turn into big ones.”
“We exchanged views on boosting bilateral ties, especially in economic fields; Pakistan wants a safe and successful Iran and so does the Islamic Republic.”
It is our collective responsibility to work for the unity of Muslims and the unity of the region, Ayaz Sadiq said, adding that they discussed counter-terrorism, the economic, trade and transit issues, as well as Iran’s joining to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He also called for establishing good ties between the armed forces of the two countries. “We asked Mr. Larijani to send Iranian students to the Pakistan Military Academy; the level of cooperations is not satisfying and we have to work harder to increase it to the level of national interests.”