Iranian Foreign Minister compares Iran India ties with Pak Saudi ties

Iranian Foreign Minister compares Iran India ties with Pak Saudi ties

ISLAMABAD - In an interview with Capital Talk anchor Hamid Mir, the Iranian Foreign Minister has compared Iran 's relations with India as Pakistan's relations with Saudi Arabia.

He said that as Pakistan Saudi Arabia ties are not against Iran as Iran India ties are not against Pakistan.

He further stated that security ties with Islamabad are improving and we shall continue to cooperate with Pakistani counterparts to strengthen bilateral relations.

Talking about Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Zarif said that Tehran has shared all the information available with Iranian security agencies and assured that “our soil will not be used against Pakistan”.

Zarif expressed disappointment over failure of Pakistan's efforts to bridge gap between Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We welcomed Nawaz Sharif's gesture to bring the two Muslim countries closer but Riyadh gave a cold shoulder.”

Iran is willing to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and ready to include Beijing in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

Javad Zarif is on three-day visit to Pakistan during which he would held meetings with civilian and military leadership.

During the meetings, Iran sent out a strong message to the Pakistani leadership that Iran’s relations with India are not aimed against Pakistan.

Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for strengthening border management to prevent illegal cross-border activities.

He invited Pakistan and China to invest in the port of Chabahar strategically situated at the mouth of Straits of Hormuz and said both countries will need to cooperate for ending terrorism in the region.

Foreign Policy