TEHRAN – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi to congratulate him on his election victory, praising it as “a manifestation of the Iranian people’s trust in his leadership.
Khan and Raisi expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed on further boosting existing cooperation, especially in the economic field, a press release issued by Pakistan embassy here said.
It was affirmed that the establishment of border sustenance markets along Pakistan-Iran border was an important step, which would yield economic and social benefits for the people of both countries, it said.
In the regional context, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed concern at the worsening security situation in Afghanistan, and cautioned that the latest developments could lead to serious repercussions for both Pakistan and Iran.
Khan and Raisi agreed that instability in Afghanistan would result in an influx of refugees towards the bordering areas of the two countries, said the press release, a copy of which was available to Kayhan International.
Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly underscored the imperative of a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, it said, adding both sides emphasized the need to continue facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive political settlement.
The Pakistani prime minister thanked Iran for its continued support for the just cause of Jammu and Kashmir.
Expressing concern at the serious human rights situation in Kashmir and Palestine, the two sides emphasized the need to resolve these long-standing disputes in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
It was also agreed to maintain high-level exchanges, with both Raisi and Khan extending invitations to each other to pay official visits to their countries.