Pakistan’s prime minister due in Iran on Sunday


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to arrive in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday to hold talks with the country’s top officials on bilateral ties.

The Pakistani premier will focus on the improvement of economic ties with Iran during his visit to the Islamic Republic.

Several memorandums of understanding and agreements for cooperation in different sectors will be signed by the two countries during the visit.

Sharif’s visit to Tehran would be his first since the formation of new governments in the two neighboring countries.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s 11th presidential election last June. Sharif also became Pakistan’s premier for the third time through general elections in June 2013.

In her weekly press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokeswoman, Tasnim Aslam, said Sharif’s visit to Iran will help further enhancement of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad.

“We are looking forward to the visit of the prime minister and his meetings with the Iranian leadership. We hope that this would be very constructive and would open up more avenues of cooperation between our two countries,” Aslam added.

She further said Sharif would discuss economic cooperation as well as issues of common interest during his visit to Tehran.

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