Zarif, Pak Counterpart Discuss Ties, Region

Zarif, Pak Counterpart Discuss Ties, Region  Zarif, Pak Counterpart Discuss Ties, Region

The foreign ministers of Iran and Pakistan discussed strengthening cooperation, particularly in international organizations, and major developments in the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz, met on the sidelines of the 17th Non-Aligned Movement meeting on the Venezuelan island of Margarita on Friday, Press TV reported. Iran handed over the body’s rotating presidency for three years to his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro.

NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 21 observer countries, represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members. It is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.

  Algerian FM to Visit

On the sidelines of the NAM meeting, the foreign minister also held talks with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, on Friday.

The Algerian foreign minister said he would pay an official visit to Iran in the near future.

In a meeting with Algerian Minister of Energy Noureddine Bouterfa in Tehran on September 3, Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to improve relations with Algeria and emphasized that Tehran sets no limitations on expansion of ties with the North African country after the removal of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

Jahangiri added that Iranian authorities are determined to improve cooperation with Algeria in all sectors and noted that the exchange of visits between the two countries’ officials would play an important and effective role in this regard.