ISLAMABAD (Khyber Mail): Pakistan and Iran have pledged to bolster their bilateral trade to ten billion dollars over the next five years. This agreement was reached during a meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif of Pakistan and Iranian President Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by ministers and senior officials from both nations.

Raisi — who is currently on a three-day visit to Pakistan — made the remarks during a joint press conference alongside Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after the two held a meeting in Islamabad. The visit is the first of its kind by any head of state after the February 8 general elections.

The leaders discussed a broad spectrum of bilateral relations and shared perspectives on significant regional and global developments. They reaffirmed their commitment to expanding cooperation in diverse areas, including trade, energy, connectivity, culture, and people-to-people contacts.

Both leaders agreed to collaborate on developing joint strategies to address common challenges, including the threat of terrorism. During the meeting, President Raisi and Prime Minister Sharif expressed strong condemnation of the indiscriminate use of force by Israeli authorities in Gaza over the past seven months.

They reiterated the call for international efforts towards an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, lifting of the siege, and providing humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza.

Prime Minister Sharif praised the Iranian leadership, particularly Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for Iran’s unwavering and principled support for the Kashmiri people and their legitimate rights.

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