Pakistan, Iran agree to find resolution to Afghan conflict

Prime Minister Abbasi meets US Vice President Pence on the sidelines of UNGA

The Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called for the development and deepening of the two countries' relations in all fields, saying that Iran was a very important country and very close to them.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a meeting with Iranian President Muhammad Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UNGA session in NY discussed strengthening of relations between the two countries, besides focusing on the issue of regional peace and security.

It was the first high-level meeting between United States and Pakistan after the declaration of the new U.S. strategy by President Donald Trump on Afghanistan and South Asia, which blamed Pakistan for supporting and harbouring terrorists.

Welcoming the Pakistani PM, Vice President Pence said, "the USA looks forward to exploring possibilities so that both nations can work closely with each other, especially in the area of security". Pence said that the United States valued its relationship with Pakistan, which has been a long-term ally in the region.

The president also referred to the Iranian gas pipeline to Pakistan and said: "In this section, we have carried out our part and in the form of a huge work, we have taken the gas pipelines to the border of the two countries". "In the UN, Pakistan will tell the world about its role in the fight against terrorism". He said Pakistan contributed to a "very hard war", suffered casualties and economic losses.

The two leaders also exchanged views about efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Trump has authorised an increase in strikes against terrorist groups that threaten the American people, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Al-Qaeda's largest affiliate.

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