IP- Pakistan and Iran have reached an agreement to enhance cultural linkages and promote people-to-people contact, aiming to strengthen the bond between the two brotherly nations. Both sides also emphasized the importance of taking measures to maximize cooperation in the tourism sector.

Iran PressAsia: The bilateral relations were discussed during a meeting between President Arif Alvi and Iranian Minister for Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami, who and his delegation visited Aiwan-e-Sadr. The Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Reza Amiri Moghadam, was also present at the meeting.

President Alvi warmly welcomed the delegation and expressed Pakistan's deep appreciation for its historical, cultural, and religious ties with Iran. He commended the Iranian government for facilitating Pakistani pilgrims visiting holy shrines in Iran.

During the meeting, there was a discussion on the increasing cases of Islamophobia worldwide. Both parties called for collective efforts to prevent such incidents. President Alvi highlighted that both countries share similar views on Islamophobia, Jammu, Kashmir, and Palestine.

He informed the visiting dignitary about India's alleged anti-Muslim policies, particularly in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), where he claimed that Indian security forces were terrorizing and persecuting Muslims.

He also expressed gratitude to the Iranian leadership for supporting Pakistan's stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Congratulations to the Iranian leadership and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on normalizing relations between their countries; the president expressed hope that this breakthrough would benefit Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the entire region.

Ezzatollah Zarghami emphasized increasing people-to-people exchanges to strengthen bilateral ties between Iran and Pakistan. He extended his condolences on behalf of Iran's people and government for the recent terrorist attack in Bajaur. Furthermore, he commended the Pakistani government for its stance on incidents involving the desecration and burning of the Holy Quran.


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