Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif leaves for Iran after visiting China

Faith Castro
September 11, 2017

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday arrived in Tehran on an official visit to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on leading mutual, regional and global developments.

Matters of mutual interests, bilateral ties and regional situation will be reviewed in the meetings, while US Afghan policy and its effects on region will also be part of the discussion.

In a damage control exercise, US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale insisted that Trump did not blame Islamabad for the failure in Afghanistan.

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is committed to work closely with Iran for promoting peace, security and development in the region.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif reaffirmed Iran's commitment to deepening relations with Pakistan in diverse fields including in trade, investment, connectivity as well as border management.

The Foreign Office also said that both ministers shared deep concern over alleged "human rights violations" in Kashmir.

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The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views about efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, particularly in the context of latest developments in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan believes that there can be no military solution to the Afghanistan problem, because a political solution is always a long-lasting one while a military solution will collapse soon.

"Resolving the problems of the countries of the region needs regional solutions with participation of Iran, while any action of cross-regional countries is of no benefit for the region", asserted Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

The foreign minister visited China last Friday and managed to win crucial support from Beijing, which urged the world to recognise Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

Pakistani diplomats said the trip sends a strong message to the U.S. that Pakistan enjoys broad regional support, after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of "continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists" in Afghanistan.

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