Sartaj Aziz meets Iranian FM; discusses bilateral ties

Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today 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 here.

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 Rodreguez 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.

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 it's 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.

PTI