Emphasizing the importance of resolving issues through dialogue and diplomacy, the Pakistani Prime Minister endorsed the Iraqi government's initiative to help improve relations among the countries of the region.

Iran PressAsia: Imran Khan, who received Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad on Thursday, welcomed Baghdad's efforts to help reduce tensions in the region and strengthen cooperation among surrounding countries.

In his meeting with Imran Khan, Fouad Hussein described the Iraqi government's efforts to de-escalate tensions and facilitate improved relations among countries in the region.

He also handed over the invitation sent from Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan while emphasizing his country's desire to develop strong relations with Pakistan. 

Imran Khan praised Iraq's efforts to rebuild the country and wished success to Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to develop bilateral cooperation, the security situation in the region, especially the peace process in Afghanistan.

During his visit to Islamabad, the Iraqi Foreign Minister met with President Aref Alavi, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Commander of the Pakistan Army, and other officials.

At the end of this month, Iraq will host a summit attended by officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and several other influential Arab countries, as well as countries from the European Union. 219