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Pakistan Senate Chairman Calls for Strong Ties with Tehran

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TEHRAN, March 4 (ICANA)-Chairman of Pakistan's House of Senate, Farooq H Naek, has said that his country values its political, economic and cultural ties with Iran and is strongly committed to further deepen them.
Friday, March 04, 2011 11:13:41 AM
Pakistan Senate Chairman Calls for Strong Ties with Tehran

Speaking to Mohammad Ali Fathollahi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister who called on him at the House of Parliament on Thursday in Islamabad, the Senate Chairman said the democratic government of Pakistan has a vision of establishing trade and energy corridors in the region and attaches special importance to its relations with Iran.

'We are satisfied at the steady growth in our bilateral trade, which has reached nearly one billion dollars per year. However, it is far below the potential of our countries,” a Senate secretariat statement quoted the Chairman as saying.

He said there are tremendous opportunities of trade and investment, particularly in the oil and gas sector, IRNA reported.

Farooq H Naek said that strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood exist between Pakistan and Iran and people of the two countries.

“We are bound together by centuries old ties of history, culture and religion, which would be strengthened further with the passage of time,” the Chairman added.

Naek said that physical connectivity between Pakistan and Iran is very important and we attach great importance to the running of `fast speed cargo trains' from Islamabad to Istanbul via Iran.

He said strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood between the two neighboring countries must be manifested through closer parliamentary contacts.

The Chairman underlined the need for frequent parliamentary exchanges between Pakistan and Iran for their mutual advantage.

'High level exchanges of parliamentary delegation will help promote better understanding of each other systems and culture,' he added.

The Chairman said Pakistan is against terrorism in al its forms and manifestations.

“We are victims of terrorism. We have lost thousands of innocent civilians and valiant personnel of the armed forces. Terrorism has badly affected our economy and day to day lives,” he added.

The Chairman briefed the delegation on devastation and damaged caused by floods in Pakistan.

He appreciated and thanked the leadership, government and people of Iran for their help and assistance for the flood affected people in Pakistan.

Mohammad Ali Fathollahi, Iranian Deputy Foreign, while reciprocating the gesture, said he is pleased to visit brotherly country of Pakistan.

He observed that close and cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran would be strengthened further with the passage of time.

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