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Musharraf, Kharrazi exchange views on Iran-Pak relations

IRNA

Islamabad, Aug 29, IRNA - President General Pervez Musharraf on 
Friday said Pakistan was keen to further enhance relations with Iran, 
saying both the countries should look towards a bright future. 
"All the hurdles stand removed, and close bilateral relations 
should be a source of coordination between the two nations," Musharraf
told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, who met him 
here. 
President Musharraf said, with reference to Iraq, Tehran and 
Islamabad should focus on evolution of common approach, adding 
Pakistan can take advantage from Iran`s expertise. 
No one, he said, can overlook or set aside Iran`s concerns 
vis-a-vis Iraq issue. 
Musharraf told Kharrazi that his visit was of due importance in 
the given regional and global scenario, with special reference to 
Iran-Pak relations. 
"Both the countries must promote their ties in economic and trade 
sector," he emphasized. 
In the fast changing scenario, the president stated all the 
Islamic countries should move forward hand in hand, saying Pakistan 
and Iran should play cardinal role in this connection. 
Citing commonalities between the two nations, the president 
emphasized the need for removal of all possible impediments to boost 
cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. 
In his observations, Kharrazi extended sympathies to the 
government and people of Pakistan over the recent devastation caused 
by rains and floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. 
He was of the opinion that there should be increased relations in 
Iran and Pakistan`s trade and economic sectors, saying Tehran gives 
due importance to its relations with Islamabad. 
"Iran wants good relations with all the neighbours including 
Pakistan: good neighbourly relations are a source of peace and 
stability in this strategic region," the Iranian minister said. 
Throwing light on Iran`s stance on Iraq issue, Kharrazi stated 
that the United States should have true understanding of the 
prevailing situation and act with logic and reason. 
America, he asserted, should not try to impose its own theory on 
the people of Iraq, which was not acceptable to them in any case. 
Earlier today, Kharrazi met his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid 
Mehmood Kasuri. 
The minister welcomed enhanced relations between the two 
countries, saying there was a need to take full advantage of these 
relations to boost bilateral cooperation. 
MHA/TSH/214 
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