PM Khan to visit Iran on April 21

Prime Minister Imran Khan will go to Iran on a two-day on April 21, said Pakistan foreign office on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 15 April 2019
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PM Khan to visit Iran on April 21

  • This will be Khan’s first trip to Iran since assuming office last year
  • Will meet Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Rouhani in Tehran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan foreign office said on Monday Prime Minister Imran Khan would begin his two-day visit to Iran on April 21 on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Ties between the two countries suffered a serious blow in February after Iran said a Pakistani had carried out a suicide bombing that killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards near the border with Pakistan.
Iran has repeatedly blamed Pakistan for sheltering militants connected with attacks in the border area, although February’s remarks were the first time Tehran has said Pakistani citizens were directly involved in the attack. Pakistan denies all charges.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay an official visit to Iran on 21-22 April 2019 on the invitation of President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement. “This will be the first visit of the Prime Minister to Iran.”
The visit will include a brief stopover in Mashhad before Khan goes onwards to Tehran for bilateral talks with Iranian leaders, including Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani. Khan will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including the ministers of finance, human rights, maritime affairs, commerce and others.
“The Prime Minister will also meet members of the Iranian and Pakistani business community in Iran,” the foreign office said.
Last week, Pakistan sent two C-130 planes with relief goods to Iran after heavy floods killed at least 70 people and displaced hundreds of others.


Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

Updated 23 April 2019
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Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman appreciates deep rooted bilateral ties
  • Saudi envoy says Kingdom values relationship with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), met the Saudi ambassador to Islamabad on Tuesday, the embassy said, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman met with Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan, at the ambassador’s office on Monday, the embassy said on Twitter.
According to the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Maulana Fazlur Rehman lauded deep-rooted brotherly rties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia while Ambassador Al-Malki said the Kingdom attached great importance to its relationship with Pakistan.
Earlier this month Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, visited Pakistan and met with the country’s top political and military leaders as well as religious clerics.