Published On: Sat, Mar 26th, 2016

Iran has good ties with Islamabad, New Delhi: Rouhani


ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that his country has brotherly ties with both Pakistan and India.

President Rouhani, who is in Islamabad on a two-visit, made these remarks in response to a question about the arrest of an Indian agent in Balochistan.

Kul Bhushan Yadav, a serving Indian naval commander, was arrested from Balochistan earlier this week. Yadav had crossed into Pakistan on an Iranian visa with a fake name.

“There are people who spread rumors. Whenever Pakistan and Iran come close to each other, such rumors come up” Rouhani told a press conference in Islamabad.

He also denied that the matter was discussed during his meeting with Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

He said that Iran was keen to work with all countries to restore peace in the region.

Rouhandi lauded Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terrorism and success of Zarb-e-Azb operation.

Iran, he recalled, was the first country, which had recognized Pakistan as a sovereign state.

“Pakistan and Iran are extending cooperation with each other especially in the field of energy. I had very fruitful and positive meetings with the Pakistani leadership,” he said.

Rouhani said that Iran was committed to provide electricity and gas to Pakistan, urging Islamabad to complete work on gas pipeline project.

“International sanctions against Iran have been lifted. Pakistan should now complete work on its side of the gas pipeline project,” h said.


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