Iran's President Raisi to visit Pakistan next week despite tensions in the Middle East

AP , Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi will visit Pakistan as scheduled next week despite increasing tension in the Middle East in the wake of Tehran's retaliatory aerial attack on Israel, Pakistan's foreign minister said Thursday.

Iran s President Ebrahim Raisi
Iran s President Ebrahim Raisi attends a military parade alongside high-ranking officials and commanders during a ceremony marking the country s annual army day in Tehran on April 17, 2024. AFP

 

Ishaq Dar said Raisi will arrive in the capital, Islamabad, on April 22 on an official three-day visit.

Dar provided no further details, but the visit seems to be part of efforts by the two sides to mend ties which had briefly been strained in January when Tehran and Islamabad carried out tit-for-tat strikes targeting militants accused of attacking each other's security forces.

But the two sides soon agreed to work together to improve security cooperation.

The visit was announced days after Iran launched unprecedented retaliatory air strikes on Israel following an Israeli strike on the Iranian consular building in Syria, which killed two Iranian generals.

Pakistan is among the countries that have no diplomatic relations with Israel because of the lingering issue of Palestinian statehood.

Dar said Pakistan wants the issue to be settled according to U.N. resolutions.

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