Pakistan, Iran discuss scope of connectivity of Gwadar-Chabahar

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BEIJING: Besides agreeing to further strengthen bilateral economic relations between the two neighbouring Islamic states, President Mamnoon Hussain and Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani said that the connectivity between Gwadar and Chabahar seaports would further deepen the economic ties between the two states.

President Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Qingdao, China on June 9, 2018.

The two leaders met at the sidelines of 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State Summit in progress at Qingdao, China. During the meeting, wide array of issues were discussed including bilateral relations, regional and global situation.
President Mamnoon Hussain underscored that Pakistan and Iran enjoy close, cordial and fraternal relations. Pakistan and Iran continue to support each other on issues of common interest. He appreciated the statement of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in support of the just struggle of the Kashmiri people.
Both presidents agreed that the two countries should further strengthen bilateral economic relations through inter-alia increased bilateral trade. They agreed that connectivity between the two sister-ports of Gwadar and Chabahar would further deepen bilateral ties through enhanced trade and people to people contacts.
On the issue of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), President Mamnoon Hussain expressed the hope that all parties of the JCPOA would continue to implement the agreement and uphold their commitments.
The two leaders also discussed the current global situation and agreed on the need to focus on upholding principles and rules of international law and amicably resolving various global and regional crises through diplomacy and negotiations. Discussing the regional situation, the two leaders emphasised that peace and stability in Afghanistan was important for both Pakistan and Iran.