Iranian president to visit Pakistan on April 28: spokesman

April 26, 2008 - 0:0

ISLAMABAD (IRNA) -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will visit Pakistan on April 28 for talks with the new Pakistani leadership, it was officially announced on Thursday.

Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq told the weekly press briefing that the Iranian president will have a brief stopover in Pakistan.
He said the visit of the Iranian president is aimed at holding talks with the new government on bilateral matters.
Pakistani media reported that the Iranian president on his way to official visit to Sri Lanka will make a three-hour stopover to discuss matters of mutual interest with special focus on energy cooperation between the two countries.
He will meet President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, official sources said.
The two sides will also discuss the multi-billion Iran-Pakistan- India gas pipeline, the sources said.
According to media reports key aides and ministers including Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister for Commerce Mir Kazemi, Chairman of Tourism Corporation of Iran Esfandiar Mashaei and Senior Adviser to the Iranian president Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi would accompany President Ahmadinejad during his visit to Pakistan.
Ahmadinejad would also utilize the opportunity to condole the death of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to Pakistani leaders.
Ahmadinejad would also express Iranian support for the new Pakistani government, the sources said.
After a short stopover in Pakistan, he would proceed to Sri Lanka to inaugurate some important projects completed with the assistance of Iran.