TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined Tehran’s enthusiasm for increasing development of the relations and cooperation with Pakistan, especially in political and economic fields.

“Iran is ready to expand political and economic relations with Pakistan in a move to further promote and develop the level of economic cooperation between the two countries,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Pakistan’s incoming Ambassador to Tehran Nourmohammad Jadmani here on Saturday.

He hailed the age-old and historical relations with Pakistan, expressing the hope that cooperation between the two countries would further enhance in light of increased security and stability in Pakistan.

Jadmani, for his part, announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to visit Iran in the near future, and said, “In addition to its serious will to develop economic relations and cooperation with Iran, Pakistan is determined to try to fight terrorism” which has been a major concern for both states.

Iran and Pakistan already enjoy good economic cooperation. The two countries officially inaugurated the construction phase of a gas pipeline project in March 2013 which is due to bring Iran’s rich gas reserves to Pakistan.