Nawaz Sharif looking forward to Iranian President visit
Shiite News: PM Nawaz Sharif has expressed the hope that the upcoming visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will help revitalise bilateral ties.
“I am looking forward to welcoming President Rouhani later this week. The visit will be a great opportunity for us to review the whole range of bilateral relations and further strengthen brotherly ties,” Mr Sharif said, while talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, who met him ahead of the president’s trip, here on Monday. Mr Rouhani will visit Islamabad from March 25 to 26.
The Iranian president will be accompanied by a high-ranking political team and a large trade and economic contingent.
Mr Sharif has indicated the government’s interest in economic and energy cooperation with Iran, saying that the revival of the economy and overcoming the energy deficit are high-priority areas of his government.
Iranian Ambassador Honardoost said the existing bilateral trade between Iran and Pakistan did not reflect the enormous potential. “We need to seize the moment by redoubling our efforts to achieve the target of $5 billion set by PM Nawaz and President Rowhani in May 2014,” the envoy was quoted.
This would be the first visit by an Iranian president to Pakistan in four years. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Islamabad in Feb 2012 for a trilateral summit with Afghan and Pakistani leaders.