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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Islamabad on Friday on a two-day official visit to Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received him at the airport.

Twenty-one gun salute was given to the visiting dignitary upon his arrival.

The Iranian President is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Ministers, senior officials and businessmen.

During his stay in Islamabad, the Iranian President will hold meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Leadership will have an exchange of views on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly after lifting of the sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction.

Cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern will also be discussed.

President Rouhani to discuss Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project, oil and electricity exports and other issues of mutual interest with Pakistani leaders during his two-day stay.

Iranian President visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

The visit has assumed significance after lifting of international sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction.

The sanctions on Iran thoroughly hurt the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran, the volume of which went down to US dollars 120 mln per annum from one billion dollars.

A high-level delegation comprising ministers, senior officials and businessmen accompanied with President Rouhani on his first visit to Pakistan.

Daily 20,000 litres of petrol and diesel being smuggled from Iran to the neighboring countries causing huge losses to the national exchequer, industry sources said. After lifting of the sanctions the legal trade with the neighboring countries will help in curb on the illegal oil trade.

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