Iran keen to be part of CPEC: Envoy

ISLAMABAD – Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has regarded the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a game changer for the region, and said that Iran was keen to be a part of it.

In a meeting with the National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt-Gen (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua highlighted the importance of Chabahar and Gwadar ports and reiterated that Iran would never let its resources be used against Pakistan, and that both the ports would complement each other in a cooperative framework.

Both sides discussed bilateral relations, economic prospects of the CPEC, Gwadar, Chabahar and matters pertaining to regional and Muslim world’s security situation.

The NSA, while welcoming the guest, said that Iran was a brotherly Muslim neighbouring country to which Pakistan had always extended a friendly hand and was keen to strengthen those ties in future.

The ambassador said that the Muslim world was passing through challenging times and Iran believed that Pakistan could play a very constructive and balanced role in the given scenario.

While stressing the need for consolidating regional cooperation, the envoy said that cooperation was the only way to achieve sustainable peace in the region, particularly in the Muslim world.

He regarded the CPEC a game changer endeavour for the region and said that Iran was keen to be a part of it.

Both sides agreed that Pakistan and Iran shared a common future.

“The most valuable part of Pakistan-Iran relations is the mutual feeling of brotherhood among the people of both the countries,” he added.

Broader understanding of each other’s stance regarding key regional developments can consolidate Pakistan-Iran relations and can pave ways to enhance bilateral engagements further, they agreed.

The ambassador extended an invitation on regional security seminar to the NSA scheduled to be held early next year in Iran, which the NSA thankfully accepted.

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