ISLAMABAD — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Pakistan on Sunday, March 11, 2018 on a three-day official visit during which he will discuss expansion of economic and commercial ties with his Pakistani counterpart and other officials.
Mohammad Javad Zarif visit is in official termed as in response to the visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif to Tehran in September last year.
The Iranian foreign minister will call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and will hold detailed talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif, and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal during his stay in Islamabad.
Before leaving Pakistan, Iranian foreign minister is also expected to meet Chief of Army Staff and discuss prospects for further enhancement of bilateral ties and discuss regional situation.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is also scheduled to meet Speaker of the National Assembly Mr. Ayaz Saddiq and outgoing Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.
During his stay the Iranian Ambassador will also speak at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and brief the experts on Iranian foreign policy and Iranian views on regional developments.
In an interview with Iranian official news agency, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost also confirmed that Mr. Javad Zarif leave for Karachi on March 13 along with his delegation, where he will participate in a meeting of Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Forum and will also pay a visit to the mausoleum of founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-e-Azam).
It may be noted that Iranian officials will lead a 30-member strong delegation comprising of high-level officials, trade and commercial department chiefs and senior experts.