Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met with Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and his accompanying delegation, reported CINVU. Eshaq Jahangiri, Vice President of Iran, was also present in the meeting. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence stated that the main reason behind the good and friendly relations between Iran and Pakistan is the great cultural and religious attachments between the two countries. He reiterated: "There are certain hands which try to create discord between the people of Iran and Pakistan - who are two close friends - by causing insecurity in the common borders of Iran and Pakistan. But we should not allow the great opportunity for strengthening the relations between the two countries to be lost."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed the necessity of strengthening the relations between Iran and Pakistan and implementing great economic projects such as the Iran-Pakistan gas pipelines projects, further saying: "I hope that during your term, good measures will be adopted to strengthen the relations between the two countries."
Referring to his good memories of the Supreme Leader's trip to Lahore, Nawaz Sharif stated: "At that time, I was the Chief Minister of Punjab with Lahore as its capital. The warm welcome that the Supreme Leader received from the people of Pakistan shows the depth of cultural, religious and historical attachments between the two peoples."
The Prime Minister of Pakistan pointed to his negotiations in Tehran and said: "I will do my best to improve the economic relations between the two countries, to raise the level of economic interactions even more than a few years ago when the economic interactions between Iran and Pakistan reached three billion dollars. I will also try to give fresh impetus to the gas pipeline project."