Pakistan and Iran decide to enhance defence partnership

Pakistan and Iran decide to enhance defence partnership

*ISLAMABAD: **Pakistan and Iran have decided to further enhance defence partnership between the two brotherly countries.*

*The understanding came in a meeting of Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost with Pakistani Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal Khan in Islamabad.*

Both the leaders discussed ways to further cement defence ties between the two countries in the meeting, said sources.

Matters of mutual interest, bilateral ties, defence cooperation and other issues were also disused in the meeting Speaking on the occasion, Zubaida Jalal said that Pakistan gave great importance to its relations with Iran.

Tehran wanted to increase trade and economic cooperation with Pakistan, said the Iranian ambassador.

Earlier on August 10, Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani had assured Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on behalf of his government to adopt joint strategy with Pakistan over the Kashmir dispute.

The assurance had been made in a telephonic conversation between the Speaker of the Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Speaker NA Asad Qaiser in connection with the ongoing diplomatic efforts to raise the issue of disputed Jammu and Kashmir after the illegal revocation of Article 370 and 35A for ending its special status by the Indian government.