Imran backs Iran in nuclear deal, vows to strengthen ties

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan converses with Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif during a meeting at the PM Office on Friday- PPI

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf led government headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a visit from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, backed Iran’s position on the U.S-Iran deal, saying that there were “inseparable bonds” connecting Pakistan and Iran together and that during his government he would make all efforts “to cement these relations in various areas to the benefit of both countries”.

He also put emphasis on the importance of both countries in the region, saying, “the two countries remained the key to growth and prosperity in the region through enhancing connectivity and promoting people to people linkages”.

Zarif delivered an invitation to PM Khan for the upcoming Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit in Iran, which is scheduled to be held in October 2018.

Mr Khan thanked the Iranian supreme leader’s support for Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination as well as for the manner in which Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated in Iran, the PM’s Office said in a statement.

“While expressing satisfaction over cooperation with regard to the Pakistan-Iran border, it was agreed to continue close consultations through various forums in this regard,” the Foreign Office said, after Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Zarif.

“As regards JCPOA (Iranian nuclear deal), while supporting Iran’s principled stance, Mr Qureshi expressed the hope that remaining parties to the agreement would uphold their commitments in letter and spirit. This was important given IAEA’s repeated verification that Iran has strictly adhered to the terms of agreement,” the Foreign Office stated.

Both foreign ministers agreed to hold the next rounds of Bilateral Political Consultations and the Joint Economic Commission at early dates. “Useful exchange of views on strengthening cooperation in economic, trade and connectivity sectors, cultural and people to people links, took place,” the FO said.

Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a bid to reset ties between the two congratulated PM Imran on his victory in the office. In an unprecedented move, Iran had also celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day by displaying large greetings hoardings along major highways in Iranian cities and electronic screens in their public transport system.

Pakistan has always been a supporter of position of Iran in the bid for nuclear power, considering all states to possess nuclear technology for ‘peaceful purposes’.

Iran has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice, or World Court, against the continued US sanctions carried out by the Trump administration, Reuters reported. The lawsuit states that the US sanctions violate the terms of a 1955 treaty of friendship between two countries.

The European Union decided to aid Iran in a bid to decrease the impact of sanctions and save whats left of the 2015 nuclear arms limitation agreement. Iran has threatened to disregard the agreement if the sanctions are not lifted. On the other hand, the U.S is looking for compliance of sanctions from other countries.


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