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Peace in region imperative for progress & prosperity: Qaiser

Pak-Iran cooperation in diverse fields may also be enhanced
INP
ISLAMABAD
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that peace in the region was imperative for progress and prosperity and conflicts should be resolved through diplomatic engagement and negotiation.
He was talking to a four-member delegation comprising Members of Iranian Shora-e-Islami and Chairman of Pakistan-Iran Friendship Group led by Dr. Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani in Parliament House on Monday.
The Speaker NA talking to the Iranian delegation said that developing peaceful and strong relations with its neighbours was the distinctive attribute of the Pakistan’s Foreign Policy. He underlined that conflicts in the region not just impede the progress and development but also elevates people’s miseries. He said that Iran is not just a neighbour, but Pakistan’s strong ally in the region and a partner in progress. He said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Iran and resolves to further solidify them. Underlining the need for intensifying parliamentary contacts, the Speaker said that interaction at Friendship Group level would further strengthen historic fraternal bonds besides enhancing economic ties between both the countries.
Speaking about Pakistan-Iran economic relations, Asad Qaiser suggested for enhancing quantum of trade between both the countries. He said that immense investment opportunities have emerged consequential to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Iran being immediate neighbour could benefit from it.
The Speaker NA said that apart from trade, Pak-Iran cooperation in diverse fields may also be enhanced. He suggested that diplomatic missions of Pakistan and Iran could facilitate establishing contacts between business communities from either side. He appreciated joint efforts by law enforcement made to address the bane of terrorism across the borders.
Dr. Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani thanked the Speaker for the hospitality extended to him on his arrival in Islamabad. He said that Iran values its historic relations with Pakistan and needs to further cement through enhancing cooperation at government as well as parliamentary level. He said that Iran would certainly like to take part in the economic activity being generated in Pakistan. He said that Iran was contemplating various options at executive level and would certainly take part in economic activity besides taking forward already initiated energy projects.
He agreed that Pakistan and Iran could play an important role in peace and stability in the region. Dr. Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani recalled the recent visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan and said that those visits have brought the governments and Parliaments of two countries more close. He suggested for establishing parliamentary group on either side for discussing the issues and suggesting forward suggested for consideration by the Executive.
The delegation led by Dr. Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani is visiting Pakistan on invitation of Speaker National Assembly. During their visit, the delegation will meet Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, and Ministers for Planning, Commerce and Industries apart from interacting with the Members of Pakistan-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly.



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