ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy close and brotherly relations, which are rooted in historical, cultural and religious commonalities. 

The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with Iranian Parliamentary delegation led by Chairman Standing Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy of Majlis, Alaeddin Broujeri at the PM's House on Tuesday afternoon.

The Prime Minister noted with satisfaction that cooperation between the two countries is on a positive note.

He underscored the importance of constant and extended contact between Parliamentarians and public representatives of the two countries to further cement the existing warm relations.

Raja Pervaiz said that the close economic ties between the two countries are reflected in the cooperation on the gas pipeline project, electricity and infrastructure projects.

On Afghanistan, he said that Iran and Pakistan have shared objectives and both the countries have to work in tandem for peace and reconciliation.

He said that a peaceful, prosperous and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of not only Pakistan but the entire region.

Raja further said that terrorism is our common enemy and we must join hands to defeat this menace.

Alaeddin Broujeri said that Iran is keen to expand and strengthen its relations with Pakistan.

In this connection agriculture is one area where both countries can cooperate more intensely, he added.

Other members of the delegation included Muhammad Esmaeili and Ali Reza Ayyari.

Rehman Malik, Minister for Interior, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and other senior government officials were also present during the meeting.