Rouhani’s very positive & categorical assurances

THOUGH the lexeme of ‘historic’ is often used at the conclusion of every high level foreign dignitary trip to Pakistan or whenever our head of state or government returns from any country yet the 2-day official visit paid by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Islamabad could in all aspects be termed as historic and significant given the very emphatic and positive sentiments conveyed by the top Iranian leader about Pakistan. These would surely augur well for further bringing the two brotherly nations closer and provide impetus to enhance bilateral relations especially in the field of economy, trade.
Addressing the joint business forum on Saturday, the way Iranian President gave categorical assurance to meet energy requirements of Pakistan is commendable which was also received amongst the audience of the business forum with applause. The statement of Iranian leader truly reflected deep feelings and concerns of a Muslim country towards addressing problems of the other brotherly country. Such should be the course of action in Muslim countries to stand with each other in difficult times. Also highlighting the significance Iran attaches to Pakistani nation, Rouhani during talks with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif appreciated the successes achieved by Pakistan Army in the war on terror. He also gave the message of unity and brotherhood when he said that his country considers the power and influence of Pak Army as its own power and influence. These heartening remarks of the Iranian president indeed would help further solidify the bilateral relations and harness the true potential existing between the two countries in different fields. Both the countries have set the target to enhance their bilateral trade to $ 5b in the next five years, which, we believe is far below the actual potential that exists between the two countries because of close proximity and other factors. Anyway, we believe that the five year strategic trade cooperation plan signed by the two countries would unleash new opportunities for the two peoples to take their economic cooperation to new heights. We would urge both the sides to fully implement the plan to achieve the set trade targets within stipulated period besides continuing close engagements to take relations to new heights in different areas.

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