ISLAMABAD: Iranian President , Dr. Hassan Rouhani, will visit Pakistan on March 25-26 for talks on bilateral and regional matters, an official announcement said today.

 This will be President Rouhani’s first visit to Pakistan as the President of Iran.

 The Iranian President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Ministers, senior officials and businessmen, the Foreign Ministry said.

 During his stay in Islamabad, the President of Iran will hold meetings with the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

 “The Leadership will have an exchange of views on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly after lifting of the sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

 Cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern will also be discussed, the Foreign Ministry said.

 “Relations between the two countries are rooted in a long history of mutual trust, based on cultural, linguistic and religious bonds. The visit of Dr. Rouhani will further deepen the existing fraternal ties between the two countries.”

 Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had visited Iran in May 2014 and January 2016.