President in a press conference with Pakistani PM:
Both Tehran, Islamabad believe regional issues must be resolved through dialogue/ US should return to JCPOA, abandon sanctions
Speaking in a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, President stressed that Tehran and Islamabad both share the view that regional issues must be resolved through political ways and dialogue.
At the joint press conference with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Sunday at Sa’dabad Historical-Cultural Complex, President Hassan Rouhani said, “Today, we talked about bilateral relations and deepening economic cooperation between the two countries”.
“We also discussed issues vis-à-vis security in the two countries’ borders and activating border markets,” said Rouhani.
He continued, “Iran and Pakistan enjoy profound strategic relations and both parties believe that these ties need to continue”.
The President said, “In our meeting, we also expressed our concerns about the safety and security of oil tankers, especially what happened to the Iranian tanker on Friday in the Red Sea”.
“We also presented the leads that we have acquired on the issue and stressed that we will continue our investigations until we reach the final conclusion,” said Rouhani.
He added, “If a country thinks that it can create insecurity in the region and not receive any response, it is gravely mistaken”.
He continued, “Mr Imran Khan made some points about the critical region of Persian Gulf, which we approve”.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan also stressed that the key to regional issues is ending the war in Yemen, immediate cease-fire and helping the Yemenis, which can be a very good start,” he said.
In this meeting, the Zionist Regime’s threats to regional security were explained to the Pakistani officials, said Rouhani, adding, “We also emphasised that any kind of goodwill and good speech will be responded with good, suitable speech”.
The President went on to state that the United States’ unjust sanctions against the Iranian nation was another issue that was discussed in the meeting, saying, “The unjust US sanctions against the Iranian nation is economic terrorism. In this meeting, we discussed on how the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as an important agreement, can be returned to its previous states and be implemented”.
“We also highlighted the basic key fact that for the settlement of the issue, the United States has to return to the JCPOA and abandon sanctions,” he continued.
Appreciating the Pakistani PM for his visit to Tehran, the President said, “We welcome the Pakistani Prime Minister’s goodwill and effort for resolving regional issues so that full peace and security returns to our critical region”.
At the same press conference, Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to the friendly relations between the two countries and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been a friendly neighbour to Pakistan and supported us in hard times”.
He also appreciated Tehran’s stances in supporting the people of Kashmir.
Any kind of new conflict in the region will be to the detriment of regional nations and to the benefit of foreigners, he said, adding, “The peoples of the region, including Afghanistan and Syria, are still suffering from the consequences of terrorism, therefore, no new conflict must begin in the region”.
Stating that any kind of conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia will affect the entire region, Imran Khan said, “We believe that disputes can be settled through dialogue”.
Referring to his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani PM said, “In the visit, I will offer Pakistan’s initiatives for peace and stability and ending disputes and tensions”.