A number of Iranian dignitaries including members of Parliament, high ranking civil and military officials, diplomats, scholars, media persons and prominent citizens of both the countries participated in the reception. Mr. Alaeddin Boroujardi, Chairman National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament was the chief guest on the occasion.
The ceremony began with the national anthems of both Pakistan and Iran. It was followed by a speech by Ambassador Asif Durrani, who welcomed the guests and highlighted the historical significance of Pakistan National Day.
Ambassador Asif Durrani said that Pakistan and Iran shared seven decades of close fraternal relations which have grown stronger over the years. He said that Iran and Pakistan have always stood with each other. Both the countries understand and appreciate each other’s position on different regional and international issues. “At political level, we enjoy extremely cordial relations. Our leadership’s endeavors are directed towards further consolidating and strengthening our bilateral ties in all fields.”
Ambassador Durrani added that President Rouhani’s visit to Pakistan last month has further contributed to strengthening these relations.
As founding members of ECO, Ambassador Durrani said, Pakistan and Iran are closely working towards greater integration of the ECO region which will further boost economic ties and strengthen the whole region’s vision of peace and prosperity through enhanced connectivity.
Ambassador Durrani expressed the hope that China -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and declaration of Gwadar-Chabahar as sister ports would open-up new vistas of cooperation for the benefit of the two countries and the region.
He highlighted the sacrifices of armed forces & Law enforcement agencies and success of Zarb-e- Azb operation in combating terrorism which was a clear manifestation of Pakistan’s resolve in controlling and dealing with terrorism and extremism.
The chief guest in his speech extended felicitations to the government and people of Pakistan on Pakistan’s National Day and said Iran and Pakistan have deepest historical and cultural relations, which have grown stronger with time.
Referring to the menace of terrorism, he said, Iran and Pakistan are determined to fight terrorism so that peace could return to the region.
At the end of the ceremony a cake marking the friendship between Pakistan and Iran was cut by the Ambassador, the Chief Guest and other dignitaries.
A documentary showing Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage and economic progress was also displayed on the multimedia.
Since 23rd March falls during Nowroz holidays in Iran, the Pakistan National day reception was held on 12th April, 2017.