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Iranian President visiting Pakistan for wide-ranging talks

Islamabad, 22 April, 2024 (GNP): Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Islamabad on Monday, signifying a key 3-day visit amid ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel.

He was welcomed at Nur Khan Airbase by Minister for Housing and Works Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, heading a delegation that included his spouse, the Iranian foreign minister, other cabinet members, and business leaders.

Upon arrival at the Prime Minister’s House, President Raisi was honored with a military guard of honor, followed by the playing of the national anthems of both Iran and Pakistan.

The prime minister introduced his cabinet members to President Raisi, and the two leaders planted a sapling to commemorate Earth Day.

Later, they participated in a ceremony to sign memorandums of understanding, focusing on enhancing cooperation in various fields.

Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar also met with the Iranian President to discuss strengthening Iran-Pakistan relations and addressing regional issues through dialogue.

This visit aims to improve ties that have been strained by recent cross-border tensions in January.

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The visit, planned before the latest tensions, is intended to reinforce diplomatic ties and focus on various projects of shared interests.

A key ongoing project in this regard is the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, critical for addressing Pakistan’s energy needs, though Washington has warned that continuing the project could lead to sanctions.

President Raisi’s itinerary includes meetings with various Pakistani leaders, as well as visits to Lahore and Karachi to engage with provincial leadership.

This visit, following the China-brokered reconciliation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, presents an opportunity for Iran and Pakistan to strengthen regional cooperation.