Islamabad - Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain yesterday said that Pakistan highly values its fraternal ties with Iran and considers it a close friend and neighbor.

“The two countries have cordial relations. Our doors are open for all kind of support for Iran,” the minister told the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost who called on Thursday and discussed matters of mutual interest, particularly cooperation in the field defence production.

The two sides brought a number of proposals to the table to strengthen cooperation in different areas, including defence, energy and technology.

Mehdi Honardoost assured the Minister of his cooperation and said that Iran is keen to further strengthen relations with Pakistan, which are mutually beneficial to the people of both countries. He also revealed that Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani will visit Pakistan in March 2016.On which Rana Tanveer Hussain coined the idea that a working group may be constituted by both countries, during Iranian President visit ,to solve various misunderstandings between both countries.

Iran intends to expand economic cooperation with Pakistan, along with increasing regional cooperation and carrying out joint efforts in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline is also discussed during the call on. It is one of the best projects in providing safe and cheaper energy to Pakistan. It will also result in creation of jobs in both countries.

Rana Tanveer Hussain also admired the status of Mustafa (PBUH) Prize in Iran and stated that awarding Muslim scientists is a very remarkable effort and would motivate them to reach more scientific achievements.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Czech Republic, Jon Fury, also called on Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain exchanged views on new avenues of Defence Cooperation between the two countries. Welcoming the Ambassador, Minister of Defence Production appreciated military support provided to Pakistan’s armed forces in providing various equipment for the Air Force and overhauling of Army Aviation assets.

The meeting acknowledged the fact that both the countries had greater potential in the field of defence production which needed to be explored for the mutual benefits of the two sides. Formal invitation of IDEAS 2016 was extended to Czech Republic. “Pakistan is keen to promote closer partnership and meaningful defence cooperation with Czech Republic,” said Rana Tanveer Hussain. He hoped that Pakistan and Czech Republic would pave a way for promoting and strengthening closer defence cooperation.

The ambassador admired the HIT Taxila and POF Wah. He mentioned about a previous agreement between Wah Brass Mill Pvt. Ltd. & M/s. Vitkovic Czech Republic for up-gradation of existing Brass Mill. He was more interested in cooperation between military academies of both countries. He invited Pakistani pilots for air show in Czech Republic in October 2016

 Both countries are strategic partner to maintain regional stability. Czech Republic has long tradition of defence industry and reliable technology. Back in 2010 Pakistan and Czech Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase military and defence cooperation between the two countries.