April 03, 2008

Strengthen Iran-Pak Ties

Envoy Calls for Increased People Contact to Strengthen Iran-Pak Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- People-to-people contacts are necessary to strengthen Iran-Pakistan relations, Tehran's Cultural Counselor to Islamabad said, adding that exchanges of delegations can also play pivotal role in enhancing and boosting economic, cultural, social and educational contacts between the two Muslim countries.

Seyed Morteza Saheb Fosoul made the remarks while briefing the media on Wednesday.

He said that Iran-Pakistan Cultural Karwan is one of such efforts.

"Iran has always tried to facilitate exchange of such delegations," he added.

Regarding Iran-Pakistan Cultural Karwan, he said that the delegation is hosted and facilitated by Islamic Culture and Relations Organization as well as Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization.

The Pakistani delegation is scheduled to attend a meeting with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vice chancellors of various universities and other high-ranking officials.

Head of the Pakistani delegation vice-president of the federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Azhar Saeed Butt, for his part, said that Pakistan and Iran have had coherent relations for the centuries.

Iran, Pakistan Discuss Technological Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Pakistani science ministers exchanged views on boosting cooperation in various scientific and technological fields.

Iran's Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mahdi Zahedi and his Pakistani counterpart Tahmineh Doulataneh met on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of the OIC Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) in Islamabad on Wednesday, press tv reported.

During the meeting Zahedi congratulated Doulataneh on her appointment as Pakistan's new minister of science and technology, reiterating Iran's keenness to develop cooperation with Islamabad in various educational, scientific and technological sectors.

Referring to the significance of COMSTECH in the development of science and technology in the Muslim world, Zahedi noted, "We are witness to the fact that a number of developed states have been imposing a specific apartheid on Muslim nations over the past years.

"They make efforts to deprive the Islamic states of accessing necessary scientific capabilities for application of advanced technologies including a peaceful nuclear energy under false excuses," he underlined.

"Iran is capable enough to have a fruitful cooperation with the OIC member states in policy making, planning and developing science and technology," said Zahedi, referring to Tehran's scientific status among Islamic countries.

The official said Iran has the potential to transfer technical know-how to Muslim states in many advanced fields including bio-technology, energy, health and medical equipment as well as information technology.

Doulataneh, for her part, praised Iran's latest scientific and technological achievements, declaring Islamabad's readiness to benefit from Tehran's scientific expertise.

Both sides also agreed on activating the joint working group to pursue the implementation of signed agreements.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki expressed hope that the new Pakistani government would restore stability in the country.

In a Tuesday telephone conversation with Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mottaki congratulated his counterpart on his appointment, a press tv report said.

"We hope that the new government will work toward promoting stability, security and the progress of the Pakistani nation," the Iranian minister said.

Mottaki added that Iran expects the new government to cooperate with Tehran to defeat "terrorism and extremism in the region".

Qureshi, for his part, said Islamabad is committed to expanding its relations with Iran in all areas.

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