Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is
putting forward a "proposal" during his ongoing trip to Islamabad for
connecting Pakistan's Gwadar port to its "complementary" port
Chabahar in southeastern Iran.
"We believe that Chabahar and Gwadar can complement
each other," Zarif said upon arrival in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad
During his meeting with Khan, Zarif said Iran attaches great
importance to ties with Pakistan and also cooperation between the Iranian port
city of Chabahar and Pakistan’s Gwadar in line with tapping the capacities of
the two cities for mutual benefit.
Khan said that Pakistan seeks to expand relations and
cooperation with Iran. He also highlighted the importance of cooperation
between Islamic countries in the region.
"We can connect Chabahar and Gwadar, and then through
that, connect Gwadar to our entire railroad system, from Iran to the North
Corridor, through Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, and also through Azerbaijan,
Russia, and through Turkey," Zarif noted.
"I've come here with a proposal for the
government of Pakistan for connection between Chabahar and Gwadar.