Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Khawaja Asif meets Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Khawaja Asif meets Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday arrived in Tehran on an official visit to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on leading mutual, regional and global developments.

Asif, during his meeting with President Rouhani, discussed strengthening of ties between the two countries and reaffirmed the mutual desire to boost bilateral cooperation.

Afghanistan has been torn by decades of Taliban-led militancy and the 2001 invasion by the U.S. and its allies, while the Daesh terrorist group has emerged there more recently despite the presence of foreign troops.

TEHRAN: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said there should be consensus among the regional countries for the resolution of Afghan issue and neighbouring countries of Afghanistan will have to agree on joint efforts for dealing with Afghan problem.

Mr. Rouhani stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with countries of the region like Pakistan for countering terrorism and developing peace, stability, and security.

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif reaffirmed the Iran's resolve to improved border management.

According to sources, Iran and Pakistan are on same page that problem of Afghan civil war can only be solved through political dialogue and through regional solutions and not by the trans-regional powers.

They also expressed deep concern over the atrocities being committed against Rohingyas and agreed on the need for urgent humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering, it said.

Khawaja Asif will hold a meeting with Iranian President and his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, siad Nafees Zakaria, Foreign Office spokesperson.National Security Advisor (NSA) Nasir Khan Janjua and Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also accompanied him to Iran.

The foreign minister visited China last Friday and managed to win crucial support from Beijing, which urged the world to recognise Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

He is also expected to visit Turkey and meet his Russian counterpart later this month as part of efforts to garner support for the country which is facing mounting worldwide pressure to act against the terror groups.

Pakistani diplomats said the trip sends a strong message to the U.S. that Pakistan enjoys broad regional support, after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of "continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists" in Afghanistan.

"No need to say that the approach taken by the Americans which is a military one, has not been able to bring peace to Afghanistan 16 years", he said.

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