ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the brave and resilient Pakistani nation stands fully united in the face of colossal natural calamity, which has hit Pakistan in the shape of massive floods. He said that he was confident that with their unity, this enormous challenge could be converted into an opportunity for rebuilding and reconstructing the damaged national assets as well as the national economy. He was talking to Iranian Interior Minister, Mostafa Najar, who along with Special Representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran and other members of his delegation, called on the Prime Minister at his Chamber in the National Assembly Secretariat on Friday afternoon. The Prime Minister expressed his profound gratitude for the personal appeals of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad to mobilise Iranian people for donations for the Pakistans flood affectees and the assistance rendered by the Iranian Government and its people. The Prime Minister apprised the Iranian delegation of the details of damages and destruction and said that while his Government was mobilising every possible resource for the rescue and relief efforts but no country, howsoever developed it might be, could cope with such a huge challenge by itself. His Government, he said, hence is seeking assistance of international community particularly for the rehabilitation and long-term reconstruction phases. The Prime Minister hoped that important countries and friends of Pakistan would wholeheartedly come forward in a big way and stand by Pakistan in these difficult times. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan attached great importance to the traditionally cordial and fraternal ties with Iran and was keen to extend the existing bilateral relations and cooperation in diverse fields to the higher levels. The Iranian Interior Minister conveyed the profound condolences and sympathies of the Supreme Leader and President of Iran and informed the Prime Minister of the efforts undertaken by Irans leadership to help Pakistan. He said that so far seven plane and four truckloads of relief goods including tents, blankets, medicines and food items had been dispatched to Pakistan through Irans Red Crescent Society. He said that several more special flights carrying the assistance were being scheduled and his government was planning to set up one field hospital each in the flood-affected areas of KP, Punjab and Sindh to provide medical care to the flood victims. He also underlined that it was for the first time that the clergy of Qom and all the Ayatollahs of Iran had decided with consensus to contribute 1/3rd khomas funds for the flood affectees of Pakistan. He said that with these funds and the funds generated through the personal appeal made by the Iranian leadership, additional substantial relief assistance from his country would be on its way to Pakistan in the coming days. He further assured the Prime Minister that his government and people would not leave their Pakistani brothers alone in the recovery, rehabilitation and long-term reconstruction phases. The Iranian Interior Minister delivered an invitation from the First Iranian Vice President Rahimi to the Prime Minister for undertaking an official visit to Iran at a mutually convenient time. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation with thanks and stated that its timeframe would be decided by the two Foreign Ministries. He asked the Iranian Minister to convey his gratitude for the assistance rendered or planned for Pakistan as well as his best wishes to the Iranian Supreme Leader and President Ahmadinejad.