PM Khan to visit Iran soon, Foreign Minister Qureshi says

In this file photo from August 31, 2018, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif can be seen in conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office in Islamabad. – (PID)
Updated 15 April 2019
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PM Khan to visit Iran soon, Foreign Minister Qureshi says

  • This will be the premier's first trip to the country since assuming office last year
  • Bilateral ties between the two nations suffered a blow after a deadly attack in February

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Iran in the next few days, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during an interaction with the media in his home city of Multan on Sunday.

While Qureshi didn’t share any other details of the visit, media reports on Monday said that Khan was expected to be in Iran on April 21.
This will be PM Khan’s first visit to Iran since assuming office in August last year.
In recent months, bilateral ties  between both the countries suffered a blow after a deadly attack on the Revolutionary Guard killed 27 personnel in the Sistan-Baluchistan province in February this year.
Iranian officials accuse Pakistan of harbouring militant group Jaish Al-Adl which they allege is responsible for the attack. Pakistan has categorically denied all the allegations.
Islamabad is also deliberating over building a fence along the 959 km Iran-Pakistan border to curb illegal border crossings.
Last week, on the instructions of PM Khan, Pakistan had sent two C-130 planes with relief goods to Iran after heavy floods had killed at least 70 people and inundated hundreds of others.


Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

Updated 22 July 2019
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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.