Zarif discusses Washington’s anti-Iran measures in trip to Pakistan
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Zarif discusses Washington’s anti-Iran measures in trip to Pakistan

“Discussions were held with Pakistan’s leaders regarding how the two countries can counter the United State’s ambitions and bullying,” said Zarif on Friday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The Iranian foreign minister made the comments after meeting Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser. In a meeting with the Pakistani prime minister, the two officials discussed boosting mutual ties between the two countries, describing relations between Tehran and Islamabad as being in a good state and stressing the need to remove any obstacles impeding a further expansion of relations. Upon meeting with Zarif, Pakistan’s foreign minister said that Islamabad seeks to facilitate the resolution of regional issues by diplomatic means, an issue that had been reportedly discussed between the two foreign ministers alongside expanding energy relations. Zarif also discussed expanding security cooperation with Pakistan’s defense chief. Speaking after the Friday meetings, the Iranian foreign minister further pointed out that Tehran and Islamabad had a common position regarding the negative role of “arrogant powers” on the world stage, adding that the two countries were specifically concerned about United States President Donald Trump’s so-called “peace place” for Palestine. “We talked about the need for cooperation among all Islamic countries to counter American and Zionist schemes against the region, including in Palestine and “deal of the century”, which is an attempt to quash the ideals of the Palestinian people,” Zarif added. Upon arriving in Islamabad, Zarif had stressed the need for regional and international cooperation to safeguard international security and the respective interests of individual states, saying that the “American sanctions have targeted international order”.

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