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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. -AFP/File
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. -AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Pakistan on August 13 for a day long visit, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday.

“Yes, it is confirmed that the Iranian Foreign Minister would be visiting Pakistan,” said Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Qazi Khalilullah.

“The purpose of the visit is to review bilateral ties between the two countries in the context of Iran’s recent nuclear deal,” added Khalilullah.

Read: Iran, major powers reach historic nuclear deal in Vienna, diplomats confirm

The Iranian Foreign Minister is expected to hold talks with the adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz.

During the visit, Javad Zarif is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.

Iran ready to sell 1,000MW to Pakistan

Iran on Monday expressed willingness to speed up cooperation in the power sector with Pakistan. The offer was made by the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Raza.

A meeting was held between the Iranian envoy and Secretary Water and Power Mohammad Younus Dagha at the Ministry of Water and Power.

Various ongoing and future energy projects between the two countries were discussed.

“The Iranian envoy said that Iran is willing and ready to export 3,000 megawatts to Pakistan,” said a spokesperson for the ministry.

The secretary of the ministry also added that both countries are already working on the proposal for import of 1,000MW from Iran.

It was decided during the meeting that a high level delegation from Pakistan will visit Iran in the coming weeks to negotiate and finalise arrangements for purchase of 1,000MW.

The delegation that will visit Iran is also expected to discuss feasibility for import of further 2,000MW from Iran.

Earlier in July, Iran and six major powers reached a historic nuclear deal, which will grant Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

In June, after a gap of about five years the freight train service between Pakistan and Iran was also relaunched.

Zarif had last visited Pakistan in April this year, and discussed matters related to the Yemen crisis during his visit. Bilateral ties, the situation in Afghanistan, and issues of mutual concern were also a topic of conversation.

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M. Asghar Aug 10, 2015 06:10pm

For the security and peace of the region, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey's all around cooperation is essential.

Blue Saffron Aug 10, 2015 06:13pm

Welcome to Pakistan. We should discuss all relevant topics of interest and move forward.

ghulam Aug 10, 2015 06:24pm

Welcome!

Dr Ahmad - Melbourne Aug 10, 2015 06:34pm

This is a great opportunity for Pakistan and Iran to strengthen and enhance bilateral relations. Pakistan must invite Afghanistan FM to these talks too. Do not let this opportunity go. Iran is a great friendly nation to Pakistan. Pakistan can take this opportunity and should offer graduate and post graduate scholarships to Iranian students in Pakistani universities. Social and cultural exchange of youth must be facilitated between these two great nations and friendly neighbours.

AKB Aug 10, 2015 06:36pm

A great opportunity for trade between the two country.

MSAlvi Aug 10, 2015 06:51pm

Pakistan is better off having relations with Iran than Arabs. Also, Pakistan need not follow USA totally as far as relations with Iran are concerned, because it will look ridiculous for Pakistan.

Sunil Aug 10, 2015 07:03pm

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies will feel uneasy.

Ali Aug 10, 2015 07:07pm

Iran is the key to securing prosperity in Balochistan.

sana-1 Aug 10, 2015 07:14pm

@Sunil India should worry about that because of its relation with israel...

nabidad Aug 10, 2015 07:19pm

Now Pakistan is on right track. Well done Pakisatn

Zahid Khan Aug 10, 2015 07:21pm

Great News !!

Raza Aug 10, 2015 08:07pm

Great news, Iran is a brotherly stable country. They supported us tremendously in the September 65 war where we were able to strike major blows to Indians.

Raza Aug 10, 2015 08:09pm

@Sunil I can see the pain is sewer, billions spent in Afghanistan, Iran and the deck is now crumbling down. Despite all CPEC is here and Pakistan is on upward motion so keep conducting dramas in India of fake encounters.

Shahpur Aug 10, 2015 08:29pm

Good news.

mukut Aug 10, 2015 08:35pm

He is coming to collect petrol dues.

dipak Aug 10, 2015 09:02pm

@sana-1 india has good relations with all countries in the world. go on facts and figures. compare in each and every subject. the worlds largest democracy in the world which has given equal rights to all citizens and stable once again stable democracy. fact is fact. now compare.

Ahmed Aug 10, 2015 10:05pm

Arab countries and Iran must stop funding their proxies in Pakistan. Its not news but a fact that no one can deny.

Sarwat Aug 10, 2015 10:29pm

Again the opportunity knocking on the door. Don't be a fool and grab it. Pakistan needs energy, trade, and more jobs. Grab this opportunity and move forward. Time rise and shine.

aKZIs Aug 11, 2015 12:07am

@Dr Ahmad - Melbourne Yes Iran is indeed a great friend of Pakistan, yet it's offering Chabahar port to India for its evil aggression purposes against Pakistan.

Now decide, he's a friend to you or to your enemey Dr Ahmed???

ukz Aug 11, 2015 01:16am

Pakistan need to consider very carefully the rates of Iranian electricity and gas.

Ridwan Aug 11, 2015 01:49am

Iran's entry to the world stage will benefit Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Afghanistan more than anyone else. With CPEC, we'll have easy access to Central Asia via China, allowing us to dimly skip over Afghanistan, while transit through Iran can bypass afghanistan. We can also building the pipeline from Turkmenistan into Iran then pakistan and maybe onwards to india. Plus culturally, pakistan can start looking to Iran again rather than Arab countries.

Ridwan Aug 11, 2015 01:53am

@aKZIs

Offering Chah Bahar? The fact that Iran needs foreign investment is no alarm to pakistan. In fact, Iran has more money than india anyway. Remember, Iran OFFERED an $8billion dollar package to india, but india doesn't have that money. In fact, india only has agreed to an $85million investment. In all likelihood, Iran will develop the port alive, or invite China. Iran isn't our enemy. Who cares if they trade with India?

zak Aug 11, 2015 02:58am

To discuss how to end chabbar project and for Iran to join CPEC.

t h s Aug 11, 2015 04:09am

Pakistan you have tried the rest now try the best.

Amir Mahmood Aug 11, 2015 05:30am

What happened to RCD (Regional Cooperation for Development) between Pakistan, Iran, & Turkey? It may be mutually beneficial for partners to reactivate it.