Sartaj Aziz meets Iranian FM to discusses bilateral ties on sidelines of NAM summit

Sartaj Aziz met Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif on the sidelines of the NAM Summit and appreciated Iran's role as the President of the NAM, said the Pakistan Foreign Office.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: September 17, 2016 1:13 pm
Iran, Pakistan, Iran-Pakistan Trade relations, Iran-Pakistan relations, Iran and Paksitan, Sartaj Aziz, Jawad Zarif, Preferential Trade Agreement, Latest news, World news, International news Sartaj Aziz also met Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez and the two sides decided to strengthen bilateral relations and take measures to expand trade between the two countries (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday met Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif and discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with particular focus on Afghanistan.

Aziz met Zarif on the sidelines of the 17th NAM Summit in Venezuela and appreciated Iran’s role as the President of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Foreign Office said in Islamabad.

Iran is the outgoing President, having led the NAM process since 2012.

They discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with particular focus on Afghanistan, it said.

“Aziz briefed his Iranian counterpart on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-India relations,” it added.

Aziz also met Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez and the two sides decided to strengthen bilateral relations and take measures to expand trade between the two countries.

Expressing satisfaction at the friendly relations between Pakistan and Venezuela, Aziz and Rodriguez identified significant potential for enhancing trade and economic ties between the two countries.

Pakistan sought Venezuela’s support for a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with MERCUSOR, under the Framework Agreement that it signed with MERCUSOR bloc in July 2006.

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The two sides also decided to promote cooperation in multilateral forums for mutual benefit.

Congratulating Venezuela on assuming the Presidency of NAM, Aziz urged the need to reinvigorate the Movement by enhancing political solidarity and economic cooperation among its member countries.

Rodriguez welcomed the idea and said the two sides would work closely to make NAM stronger and more relevant.

Aziz is leading Pakistan’s delegation to the NAM Summit being held in Margarita Islands, Venezuela from September 15-18.