PM Khan reaches Mashhad for brief stop-over before leaving to Tehran

Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday arrived at Mashhad for a brief stop-over before proceeding to Tehran on a two-day official visit to Iran on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

This is the first visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran.

Governor General Khorasan e Razavi province Ali Reza Razm Hussaini received the Prime Minister upon arrival at Shaheed Hashminejad airport Mashhad.

The prime minister will call on Iranian Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Khamenei and hold detailed consultations with President Rouhani. He will also meet members of the Iranian and Pakistani business community in Iran.

The visit comes days after the incident of Makran Coastal Highway, where 14 personnel of security forces were martyred by terrorists who according to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi came from Iran.

PM Khan will likely discuss the matter with Iranian officials during his visit of Tehran.

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According to the Foreign Office, the prime minister will be accompanied by a high level delegation including Ministers for Finance, Human Rights, Maritime Affairs, Inter-Provincial Coordination, Adviser on Commerce, Task force on Energy and Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources besides several senior officials.

Pakistan’s relations with Iran are marked by close historic and cultural linkages and strong people to people exchanges.

Pakistan and Iran are also members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The prime minister’s visit to Iran will further the close bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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