Islamabad (IP) - Iran and Pakistan agreed to increase bilateral support and cooperation to address economic and human rights issues in the post-COVID-19 pandemic world.

Iran PressAsia: The agreement came during a meeting between the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan Mohamad Ali Hosseini and Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari in her office on Wednesday.

Mazari welcomed the ambassador and said both Iran and Pakistan had strong cultural, historical, and religious ties since the creation of Pakistan 74 years ago.

"We value our relationship with Iran, and there is a need to revitalise our cooperation to raise our collective concerns for the human rights globally," she said.

While discussing the confronted challenges to the region, particularly Iran, the ambassador said Iran was facing one-sided sanctions even after fulfilling all international commitments to its nuclear program.

He said Afghanistan was undergoing a terrible disaster in which both Iran and Pakistan had been hosting millions of Afghan refugees for the last 40 years.

"Iran is endlessly extending its assistance to Afghan people who are facing the worst humanitarian crisis. Currently, Iran is not getting any international assistance to tackle with the issues of refugees, human trafficking and drug trafficking even in the face of serious economic difficulties due to sanctions," he said.

The federal minister said the Pakistani government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised its voice against hypocrisy and the double standard of western countries that are committing human rights violations under the Islamophobic trends.

She added that the recent meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC in Islamabad was a great success to sensitize Muslim countries about the severe issues that Afghanistan is facing.

At the end, Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the minister and acknowledged the long standing cordial mutual relations of Pakistan and Iran. Both agreed that there is need of closer cooperation among Muslim countries to handle many challenges, especially of economy and human rights in the post COVID-19 world.

the federal minister welcomed the ambassador and said that both Iran and Pakistan have strong cultural, historical and religious ties since after the creation of Pakistan 74 years back.


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