Pakistan, important country for Iran: foreign minister
( IRNA ) - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Pakistan is a very important country for Iran.
Mottaki, who is currently in Islamabad to attend the 34th session of foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), was speaking in a meeting with heads and staff of Iranian foundations based in Pakistan.
"In relations between Iran and Pakistan, mutual interests are principally observed," he said.
He added, " Pakistan is among countries with which we are determined to expand ties in all fields.
"We call for expansion of ties with all Pakistani bodies in political, military, security, consular, cultural and social sectors."
Mottaki said during the past 27 years since victory of the Islamic Revolution, Pakistan has called for serious attitude on part of the West to Iran's human rights and added that Islamabad has always supported Iran in international circles.
He stated that Pakistan is the only country which has cooperated with Iran and authorized Tehran to fight counter-revolutionary agents.
He said Tehran and Islamabad enjoy great economic potentials and stressed that the sides should beef up efforts to increase the volume of economic exchange to one billion dollars.
The minister stated that Iran has potentials to implement over 100 billion dollars worth of projects in Pakistan, adding Iran is currently implementing projects valued at more than seven billion dollars in Africa.