Developing and deepening ties with neighbours is Irans top foreign policy priority and Tehran will always stand by the friend and brother Pakistani government and nation, said President Rouhani in a meeting with the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Raza Rabbani
In the meeting that was held on Monday, Dr Rouhani also said: "Historical and cultural bonds between the two Iranian and Pakistani nations form a solid base for developing and deepening ties and cooperation in serving common interests".
Describing security the most important issue in the current conditions of the region, he said that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers Pakistans security as its own security and developing cooperation between the two countries to boost the level of security in the region, especially in common borders, is essential.
On terrorism in the region, the president said: "Iran and Pakistan can cooperate with each other in various fields such as terrorism and developing regional security".
Iran and Pakistan are each others strategic depth and developing relations between the two countries is very important as a factors to increase security in the region, said Rouhani adding: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to deepen ties with Pakistan in all fields of mutual interest, including science and technology, energy and cultural and academic relations".
On the importance of full implementation of agreements and contracts between the two countries, he said: "Developing banking relations can help improve the level of trade and economic relations of Iran and Pakistan".
"Iran is a trustable source of energy for Pakistan and developing, restoring and connecting the two ports of Chabahar and Gwadar can contribute to growing progress and development of the region," Dr Rouhani continued.
During the same meeting, the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Raza Rabbani, also congratulated Dr Rouhani on his re-election and said: "The people of Pakistan consider you as a thoughtful and reliable friend".
He added: "Relations between Iran and Pakistan are based on not only religious, historical and cultural commonalities, but also on other regional and international issues".
Pakistan is working to combat terrorism, said Rabbani adding: "In doing so, we consider improving security in common borders a must".