TEHRAN - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday met with Supreme Leader of Iran, Syed Ali Ayatollah Khamenei and discussed issues relating to mutual and bilateral interest.
Both the leaders agreed to work in unison for development of the region.
Premier Nawaz Sharif said the Pak-Iran relations have historical perspective and the two Muslim countries have common traditions. “These common bonds make our relationship special,” he added.
The Supreme Leader of Iran said the people of Pakistan are as dear to him as the people of Iran.
“I will offer special prayers so that relationship between Pakistan and Iran reaches new bounds and heights,” the Supreme Leader said.
He expressed confidence that the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would further boost the brotherly relations between the two countries.
The meeting was also attended by the delegation accompanying the prime minister.
Monitoring adds: Supreme Leader of Iran Syed Ali Ayatollah Khamenei criticised United States for its attempts to create rift between Iran and Pakistan, Fars News reported.
During his meeting with Prime Minister Sharif, Khamenei stressed on the fact that the relations between the two neighbourly countries were not related to third parties.
“There are hands at work that intend to cause differences between the two friendly and intimate Iranian and Pakistani nations through different methods, including stirring insecurity at the lengthy common borders, but we shouldn’t allow the big opportunity existing for the expansion of the relations between the two countries to be lost,” said Iran’s Supreme leader.
Underlining the need to further enhance the ties between the two countries, Khamenei laid emphasis on the implementation of joint ventures, like Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and expressed the hope that good measures would be adopted on this ground during Sharif’s tenure.
Emphasising on the independent nature of Islamabad-Tehran relations, he said the two states shouldn’t wait for others’ permission to enhance their ties.
“The US whose maliciousness is clear to all is among the governments attempting to create rift between Pakistan and Iran,” said Khamenei.
The Iranian supreme leader also cautioned that there were some other governments as well that were creating rift between Iran and Pakistan, and the two countries should take good care not to be trapped by such states.
Iran and Pakistan also signed an agreement to extradite prisoners as a humanitarian move.
Iran’s Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi and visiting Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz inked the agreement.
Iran and Pakistan signed several other memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in different sectors during the current visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif aimed at boosting mutual cooperation.
Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Raza in Mashad.
The prime minister reached here after visiting Tehran. He was received by Governor General of Khorasan Razavi province and other high officials at the airport.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took food at the ‘langar’ along with the general public at the mausoleum. Later, he offered ‘Nawafil’ at the mausoleum and also prayed for prosperity of Pakistan.