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Pakistan Parliament Speaker in Tehran for Nowruz Celebrations

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 27 (ICANA) – Pakistani Speaker of the National Assembly Fahmida Mirza is in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to attend the International Nowruz Celebrations.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 11:39:34 AM
Pakistan Parliament Speaker in Tehran for Nowruz Celebrations

Fahmida Mirza met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has lashed out at certain countries which spread terrorism to “dominate the world,” saying Iran and Pakistan were both victims of terrorism.

“The Pakistani government is making its utmost efforts to fight against terrorism, but the main cause of terrorism is certain countries which are interested in dominating the world,” Ahmadinejad said in a Saturday meeting with Fahmida Mirza.

“Those who are not interested in the independence of countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are making efforts to obtain their ominous goals through spreading terrorism,” Ahmadinejad said.

The Iranian chief executive said Tehran-Islamabad relations are not based on “temporary and changeable” policies and stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation in various fields.

He pointed out that Iran and Pakistan enjoy a “common culture, beliefs, traditions and ideals” and added that Nowruz was an appropriate opportunity for countries to explore ways to strengthen cooperation.

The Pakistani speaker, for her part, urged regional countries to beef up efforts to fight against terrorism.

Islamabad blames the unauthorized US drone strikes on Pakistan's tribal areas for the rise in anti-US sentiment and growing militancy in the region.

Mirza went on to say that Nowruz was an opportunity for Muslim countries to exchange views on different events.

Iran is hosting senior officials from 20 countries at the International Nowruz Celebrations.

High-ranking officials from the Persian-speaking states, including Tajikistan and Afghanistan, will join representatives from the countries that celebrate Nowruz such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Albania, and Turkey.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

Earlier on the day, President Ahmadinejad held talks with the Indian health minister, the vice president of Zanzibar and the Kyrgyz culture minister.

He also met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Mohammad Yahya Maroofi.

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