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Rouhani Calls for Closer Bonds in Talks With Imran Khan

Rouhani Calls for Closer Bonds in Talks With Imran KhanRouhani Calls for Closer Bonds in Talks With Imran Khan

President Hassan Rouhani called for the expansion of economic relations with Islamabad on Wednesday and extended an invitation to Imran Khan, widely seen as Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting, to visit Iran, which he accepted.  In a telephone conversation, Rouhani expressed hope that bilateral ties will expand in all areas under Khan, whose party was declared the winner of Pakistan’s recent general election, the official presidential website reported.  The president congratulated the cricket legend-turned-politician on the victory, adding, “We have to witness a considerable increase in economic and trade relations between the two countries.”   He invited Khan to attend the Asia Cooperation Dialogue summit scheduled to be held in Tehran in October.   The Pakistani leader said his country is keen to enhance ties with Tehran in all spheres, particularly in key  economic areas.  “I assure you that ties between the two countries will be expand and deepen as Pakistan attaches great significance to building closer ties to Iran,” he noted. In a separate development, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday that his country reserves the right to pursue its legitimate economic interests with Iran in the wake of the reimposition of sanctions on Tehran by US President Donald Trump. “Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests while respecting the international legal regime,” Faisal added.

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