TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need for efforts to promote bilateral relations between Tehran and Islamabad in all areas in line with the interests of the two neighbors.

Speaking at a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Tehran on Monday, President Rouhani hailed the growing collaborations between Iran and Pakistan and said the two countries as major regional players have “friendly and brotherly” ties.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to promote its economic, cultural and political relations with Pakistan, he said.

The president also underlined the necessity for closer cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in countering terrorism and joint efforts to promote security along the two countries' the common borders.

“Promoting the security of the borders and turning them into economic and trade areas and creating border markets would be in the interest of the two nations and in line with regional stability and security,” Rouhani went on to say.

Asif, fort his part, praised cooperation between the two countries as positive and said his country is ready to cement ties with Iran in all areas in line with the two sides’ common interests.

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, Tehran and Islamabad 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.