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Posted on: Monday, December 5, 2016

H.E Mehdi Honardoost Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) on 5 December 2016. Among other activities he delivered a talk on the “Prospects of ECO and Pakistan-Iran Relations”. The talk was attended by a large number of faculty and students of CIIT.

The salient points of the Ambassador’s discourse are given as under:

  • Pakistan and Iran are located in south-west Asia. They have unique characteristics and ‘valuable’ specifications. Both have significant geo-political position with great potential for investment and trade. They have common interests and concerns and have similar goals and same values
  • Bilateral relations are based on mutual respect and sympathy for each other. Iran is a sincere supporter and a partner of Pakistan
  • Both Pakistan and Iran have been victims of terrorism and are suffering because of the heinous phenomenon of human and drug trafficking as transit countries. This is a serious issue as both countries have young population who are exposed to this menace. They are desirous of peace and tranquility in the border areas as well as peaceful coexistence with the neighbours
  • There was no rift, conflict and discord between Pakistan and Iran. Both countries cooperate with each other in international forums such as UN on global issues, regional cooperation organizations and within the Islamic world. Iran was appreciative of the role played by Pakistan in seeking rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • Both Pakistan and Iran want peace in Afghanistan. They have hosted a large number of Afghan refugees and have spent ‘lots of money’ and have borne cost for the hospitality extended to the brothers from Afghanistan
  • Iran has well developed high tech and science sector and is manufacturing turbines. Iran has made great strides in Nano technology, biotechnology, satellite technology and other areas. It was among the leading countries in oil and chemical production
  • Trade and investment opportunities must have tangible dividends for the peoples of the two countries
  • CPEC was a very important project. Iran had the capability and interest to join CPEC which is a project of peace and tranquility for the region. Its impact would be great for the life of the people and job creation in the region
  • Both Chahbahar and Gwadar ports were complementary to each other and not rival. Iran was supplying electricity to Gwadar port which was an indication of its desire to see both ports supporting each other and more maritime cooperation between the two ports
  • Cultural and education cooperation were important aspects of bilateral ties. Iran was taking concrete steps towards promoting exchange of films, music and literary activities with Pakistan
  • Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline is a viable project that will be completed soon. Iran has already spent US$2 billion on building the pipeline. It will be the cheapest supply given geographical proximity. Iran was already exporting 100 MW of electricity to Pakistan which it has offered to increase to 1000 MW and to 3000 MW.

The talk was followed by a very interactive question-answer session. The welcome remarks were delivered by Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen and vote of thanks by Dr. Arshad Saleem Malik. The Rector Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi conveyed his deep appreciation to the Ambassador of Iran for his discourse and a shield as a token of appreciation was handed over to the Ambassador.

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