Iranian President Raisi’s High-Profile Visit to Pakistan Amidst Tensions and Key Agenda Items


Amidst stringent security measures, Iranian President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi has embarked on a significant two-day official visit to Pakistan, marking the first such visit by a head of state post the February 8 general elections. His arrival comes at a pivotal moment characterized by escalating tensions in the Middle East and Pakistan’s efforts to complete the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, which has garnered considerable attention in recent headlines.

President Raisi, accompanied by a high-level delegation including the foreign minister, cabinet members, senior officials, and a business delegation, was warmly received by Federal Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada upon his arrival.

The visit assumes added significance following Tehran’s recent direct attack on Israel, which was lauded by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for showcasing the nation’s military prowess and determination on the international stage.

During his stay, President Raisi is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari, Senate Chairman Yousaf Raza Gillani, and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. He will also visit Lahore and Karachi, engaging with provincial leadership and fostering bilateral ties.

The agenda for discussions between Pakistan and Iran encompasses a wide range of topics, including trade, connectivity, energy, agriculture, and people-to-people contacts. Both nations will also deliberate on regional and global developments, emphasizing bilateral cooperation to combat terrorism, a shared threat.

The visit follows past incidents of tension between the two countries, notably Iran’s strikes on alleged militant bases in Pakistan’s border town of Panjgur, and subsequent retaliatory actions by Pakistan in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province. However, both sides have reiterated their commitment to preserving friendly relations amidst challenges.

In anticipation of the visit’s significance, Karachi Division has declared a public holiday on Tuesday to facilitate the smooth conduct of official engagements and to minimize public inconvenience.

The visit underscores the enduring strength of Pakistan-Iran relations, rooted in history, culture, and shared values, and presents an important opportunity to deepen cooperation and understanding between the two neighboring nations.

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