Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Kasuri's visit grasps Iranian media - PakTribune

Kasuri's visit grasps Iranian media - PakTribune: "Kasuri's visit grasps Iranian media
Tuesday August 10, 2004 (1429 PST)

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's two-day official visit to Iran attracted unprecedented attention of the local and foreign print and electronic media.

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TEHRAN, August 11 (Online): Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's two-day official visit to Iran attracted unprecedented attention of the local and foreign print and electronic media.
Local newspapers accorded front-page coverage to his engagements in Tehran while the electronic media telecast discussion programmes to highlight to significance of the visit in the context of good Pakistan-Iran relationship and the prevailing situation in the region.

During his stay in Tehran from August 8 to 10, Mr Kasuri held comprehensive talks with the Iranian leadership and addressed a joint Press Conference with is Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi. Besides holding bilateral negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister, he also met President Mohammad Khatami and the First Vice president Mohammad Raza Aref.

Continuing his meetings with the Iranian leadership, he called on the former President and Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council. Hashmi Rafsanjani and newly elected Speaker of the Iranian Majlis, Dr Ghulam Ali Haddad Adel.

During his meeting with Rafsanjani and Dr Haddad Adel, Kasuri exchanged views on issues of mutual interest to Pakistan and Iran. Both sides agreed that developments in Afghanistan were more important to the region. Both had suffered in the past with the Soviet invasion and the influx of millions of refugees into their countries. The insecurity and instability in Afghanistan also had an adverse impact on the both countries.

The Iranian dignitaries and Pakistan's foreign Minister felt that with the departure of Taliban and the emergence of new political dispensation in Afghanistan, the situation had changed and Iran and Pakistan were cooperation in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as in the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction.

They expressed the hope that the forthcoming election in Afghanistan would reflect the true and legitimates aspirations of the people of Afghanistan and lead to a stable political framework.

On Iraq too, they underlined the need for its political independence, territorial integrity and unity. They hoped that the holding of free, democratic elections in Iraq would lead to greater political stability and acceptance by the people of Iraq.

About Pakistan- Iran relations, they underlined the numerous commonalities and age-old linkages upon which, they felt, a strong edifice of cooperation between the countries could be developed.

Both sides underscore the importance of laying of the Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline. Foreign Minister Kasuri assured the Iranian leaders that Pakistan was prepared to give guarantees for security of the pipeline.

The former President Hashemi Rafsanjani praised the successful measures taken by President Musharraf in combating terrorism.



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