ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan, HE Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini met with the Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Agha Hassan Baloch, in Islamabad on Thursday.
Senior ministry officials, including science adviser Zain ul Abidin, also attended the meeting.
Agha Hassan Baloch welcomed the Iranian delegation and underlined the deep cordial and fraternal relations between the two countries based on faith and cultural affinities.
The minister said Pakistan always attaches great importance to its brotherly ties with its neighboring country which have stood the test of time. He expressed great satisfaction that the bilateral relations are on an upward trajectory marked by high-level exchanges in the political, economic, defense and security fields.
Agha Hassan Baloch said the two countries could benefit from each other’s experience in various areas of common interest. Pakistan and Iran are among the founding members of ECO. And ECO Science Foundation is an intergovernmental organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The federal minister said that Iran was the first country to recognize the state of Pakistan.
The minister said the two countries have shared history and literature. He said that we both had a convergence of views in a number of areas ranging from Kashmir to Palestine. He said we mutually want to see lasting peace and stability in the region and take a common stand against rising Islamophobia.
Agha Hassan highlighted the tremendous opportunities for cooperation that exist between the two countries. He said Pakistan can learn from Iran’s expertise in science and technology, and we have strong intentions to strengthen collaboration in various fields of common interest.
Iranian Ambassador Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the deep historical, cultural, religious, linguistic and artistic ties and commonalities between the two countries provide fertile ground for the expansion of scientific, educational and academic relations between the two countries. .
Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Tehran University is willing to establish a technology/computer park in Islamabad. He stressed that MoUs should be expedited between Pakistani and Iranian universities to enhance exchanges.
The Ambassador said that Iran and Pakistan have a 900 km border and the two countries should take advantage of it to strengthen each other as the two countries have great potential for extensive collaboration in the fields of energy, business and science.
The Federal Minister of Science and Technology praised the efforts of the current government to show strong interest in the field of science and technology.
The Minister said that the opening of new border crossing points and the rapid operationalization of the first border market in Mand-Pashin will strengthen people-to-people ties as well as formal trade and commerce for the local population.
The federal minister said the two countries should make efforts to boost trade through the long Pakistan-Iran border that demarcates Iran’s Sistan and Balochistan province from Pakistan’s Balochistan province. He said gates should be built at the border which will boost the economy through trade in Taftan, Turbat, Buleda and Panjgur regions.
At the end, the Iranian Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Federal Minister and invited him to visit Iran and learn about Iran’s progress in the field of science and technology parks.