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Pakistan, Iran discuss border management, COVID-19 situation

– Associated Press of Pakistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Iranian foreign minister Jawad Zarif on Wednesday discussed multilateral issues including management of common borders and the strategy to control coronavirus.

The two sides exchanged views on providing better facilities to cross-border visitors to promote people-to-people ties.Video Player00:0000:31

FM Qureshi said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed historic and brotherly relations and stressed expanding bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, commerce and security.

He said restoration of peace in Afghanistan was vital for stability in the region and mentioned that it was time for the Afghan stakeholders not to miss the opportunity of sustainable peace.

The two sides expressed resolve to continue efforts for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Qureshi extended condolences to Zarif on loss of lives in Iran due to coronavirus and lauded the steps taken by the Iranian government to control the spread of virus.Video Player00:0000:09

On behalf of Pakistani nation, he paid tribute to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for supporting the just cause of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

Both foreign ministers expressed concern over the rising trend of Islamophobia in certain European countries, stressing that blasphemy was not acceptable in the garb of freedom of expression.

Later, foreign ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jawad Zarif led their respective sides at the delegation-level talks.

Foreign Ministers of Iran and Pakistan discussing bilateral matters at Foreign Office

The two sides discussed ways and means to explore opportunities in bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.

Syed Zaki Hussain

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