Cross-regional players exacerbate regional issues: Rouhani

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TEHRAN, Sep. 11 (MNA) – Iran’s president Rouhani called for immediate implementation of bilateral agreements, during his Monday meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

“Iran and Pakistan are two friendly, brotherly, and effective countries of the region,” said President hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran while receiving Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif who is visiting Tehran.

“Tehran is determined to expand economic, cultural, and political relations with Islamabad,” asserted the Iranian top executive.

The Iranian president regretted that the objective set for bilateral ties of Tehran and Islamabad has not been fulfilled yet, contrary to huge potentials of relations. He urged the officials of both Iran and Pakistan to expand and develop relations and cooperation, more than anytime, within the framework of brokered bilateral agreements.

“Strengthening the security of the shared borderlines to convert them to border markets will benefit both countries and contribute to the security and stability of the region,” maintained the Iranian top official, referring to joint efforts of the two countries in countering terrorism and improving border security.

President Rouhani voiced hope for immediate implementation of agreements reached between the central banks of the two countries to ease banking relations and develop trade and business between the two countries.

“Iran and Pakistan share the same goals and approaches toward regional problems,” highlighted Mr. Rouhani after asserting that regional security and security is of prime importance to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Only the countries of the region are capable of resolving the regional crises,” reiterated the Iranian president, “never is able a foreigner or cross-regional country to solve the regional conflicts.” He pointed to issues and problems of Afghanistan and urged cooperation and more efforts of Pakistan in joining Iran for the cause of establishing security, stability, and serenity in the region.

Mr. Rouhani stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with countries of the region like Pakistan for countering terrorism and developing peace, stability, and security.

The Pakistani top diplomat, in this meeting, for his part, described the relations and cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad as positive and voiced his country’s willingness for bolstering, deepening, and cementing bilateral ties with Iran for the sake of acquiring common interests.

“Resolving the problems of the countries of the region needs regional solutions with participation of Iran, while any action of cross-regional countries is of no benefit for the region,” asserted Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.  

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