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Pakistan Prime Minister's Iran visit to promote trade ties
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In a bid to remove certain misunderstandings between the two neighbors after a series of developments in the region, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will embark upon a two-day official visit to Iran from May 11 to 12, diplomatic sources said.
 
Accompanied by senior cabinet members including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir and his Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, the Prime Minister will hold talks with Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet.
 
This will be the first visit of the Prime Minister to Tehran after coming into power last year, which is taking place in the aftermath of a number of developments in the region from the border tensions to Islamabad's reported policy shift towards Syria, creating misunderstanding between two neighbours.
 
On May 11, the sources said the Prime Minister would hold bilateral talks with Iranian President Rouhani, in which the two sides would discuss bilateral relations and the ways to increase trade and investment particularly in energy sector. They said Pakistan was interested in Iranian co-operation in power sector and the visit would also provide an opportunity to discuss the impediments in the execution of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. The sources further said the two sides would also hold talks on regional situation including the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Middle East. 
The sources further said the schedule of the visit was finalized during the recent interaction of PM's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz with Iranian authorities including President Rouhani in Tehran Monday last. The Adviser who visited Iran as a Special Envoy of the PM called on President Dr Hassan Rouhani and conveyed a message of friendship, brotherhood, harmony and co-operation from PM Nawaz Sharif to Dr Hassan Rouhani, underscoring the desire to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all areas.
 
(Source: Business Recorder)

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