The President of Iran has arrived in Pakistan for a three-day visit

By Asif Ali Awan

| Published Apr 22, 2024 | 10:07 a.m.


President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran commenced a three-day state visit to Pakistan on Monday, accompanied by his spouse and a delegation of high-ranking officials and cabinet members.

Upon arrival at Islamabad's airport, President Raisi was welcomed by Housing Minister Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran, Mudassir Tipu, as per the Foreign Office (FO).

Following his arrival, President Raisi proceeded to the Prime Minister’

s House, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and accorded a guard of honour.

In a gesture celebrating Earth Day, both leaders planted a sapling at the Prime Minister’s House and were slated to witness the signing of several memorandums of understanding aimed at fostering cooperation across various sectors.

The visit, spanning from April 22 to 24, includes President Raisi's meetings with Pakistan’s prime minister, president, Senate chairman, and National Assembly speaker to discuss enhancing bilateral ties, trade, and collaborative efforts in energy, agriculture, and other areas.

The discussions will also cover regional and global matters, with a focus on joint efforts to combat terrorism.

President Raisi's agenda features talks on bilateral relations, security cooperation, the gas pipeline project, and potential free trade agreements.

A joint special economic zone is set to be established to fortify economic ties between Pakistan and Iran, following the federal cabinet's approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran.

President Raisi's itinerary also includes visits to Karachi and Lahore, where he will engage with provincial leaders and pay homage at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. His visit concludes in Karachi, from where he will depart for Tehran on Wednesday.