TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Pakistani counterpart, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, held talks on a range of issues, including ways to boost Tehran-Islamabad relations in all spheres.

In the meeting held in Tehran on Monday, the two sides also exchanged views on some regional issues, including the US government’s new strategy in Afghanistan.

At the end of August, US President Donald Trump put forward a long-awaited strategy for resolving the nearly 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, but he declined to specify either the number of troops that would be committed or the conditions by which he would judge the success of their mission there.

Heading a politico-economic delegation, Asif arrived in Tehran on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and regional and international developments.

In the past few years, the two countries have stepped up efforts to boost their relations.

In 2016, High-ranking officials from Iran and Pakistan signed six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various areas, including health, commerce, security and foreign services.

The documents were signed in a ceremony in Islamabad on March 26, attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after a meeting between the two countries’ delegations.