Iranâ€™s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for stronger economic ties between the Islamic Republic and Pakistan by furthering bilateral trade transactions through border areas.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Chairman of Pakistanâ€™s Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in Tehran on Sunday.
The Iranian chief executive pointed to the friendly and extensive relations between Tehran and Islamabad, which he described as being beyond the geographical borders, reiterating that both sides should make use of all the existing potential to meet their needs.
Strengthening border relations with Pakistan not only paves the way for enhancing the bilateral ties, but also provides the opportunity for further containing the terrorist activities in these regions, he added.
Stating that there is no obstacle in the development of ties with Pakistan, Ahmadinejad said, â€œThe Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan have common interests and enemies, who do not want the progress and strength of the two countries.â€
The Iranian president expressed satisfaction over the recent agreements between Tehran and Islamabad for the expansion of all-out ties and said the duo need more exchanges of official visits.
The Pakistani Senate chairman, for his part, called for maximum bilateral cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in different fields.
Iran and Pakistan adopt common stances in many international organizations and institutions, and Iran, as a key role-player in the region, greatly influences the international and regional issues, he added.