Iranian Delegation in Islamabad for Cooperation, Investment Talks
26 March 2016 - Head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce Mohsen Jalalpour said the delegation is in Islamabad ahead of President Hassan Rouhani's visit to discuss cooperation with their Pakistani counterparts.
He said the delegation members will hold meetings with Pakistani traders and investors during President Rouhani's two-day visit.
Before his departure on Friday, President Rouhani said Iran could meet Pakistan's growing needs for energy, particularly in oil, gas and electricity.
He told reporters that he would hold talks with Pakistani officials on bilateral ties as well as regional developments.
Rouhani's visit to Islamabad, which is his first as the Iranian president, comes at the official invitation of Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
During his two-day stay, he will exchange views with Pakistani officials on promotion of economic ties after the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran as part of the nuclear agreement it reached with the six world powers last July.
The Iranian chief executive will also confer with the Pakistani side on regional and international developments as well as the issue of unity among Muslims ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is scheduled to be held in Turkey in April.
Iran and Pakistan will also sign several memoranda of understanding on promotion of cultural relations as well as medical cooperation.
The chambers of commerce in the two countries will also explore ways to boost economic ties between private sectors in both countries.
A number of ministers as well as cabinet members are accompanying President Rouhani. His trip comes after earlier visits to Tehran by the Pakistani premier in January this year and May 2014 to discuss ways to promote relations between the two neighbors.