Pakistan stresses coop. with Iran in fighting islamophobia

TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) – The Pakistani Foreign Minister stressed the importance of cooperating with Iran to combat Islamophobia and called for forming a principled strategy to be developed by the scholars of both countries in that regard.

According to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry's Public Relations Department, Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the remarks at a ceremony held at the Pakistani embassy in Tehran on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the statement, Qureshi hailed his separate meetings earlier today with President Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf as "important and constructive" and said that in his meeting with the Iranian parliament speaker, he had brought up the two countries' shared concern over rising Islamophobia in the West.

The top Pakistani diplomat stressed that Pakistan is deeply concerned about the escalation of anti-Islamic sentiments in the West and extremism against Muslims, and Islamabad stresses the need for joint actions by Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on a common front to combat hatred and insults against Islamic sanctities.

According to the Pakistani FM statement, Qureshi had welcomed the Iranian parliament speaker of Iran's support for Pakistan's stance against Islamophobia and that Ghalibaf had emphasized the need for cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries in that regard.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister said in the meeting, he had proposed formulating a logical and joint strategy to combat Islamophobia and the need to shed light on the abuse of the concept of freedom of expression in the West.

According to the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, Qureshi in a meeting with the Iranian parliament speaker informed him about the Vision of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's administration to deepen bilateral relations with Iran.

During his stay in Tehran, the Pakistani foreign minister held meetings with his Iranian counterpart, parliament speaker as well as President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday.

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