The Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) organized an In-House Meeting on November 6, 2017 with Dr. Sadollah Zarei, Executive Director, Indishe Sazan Noor Institute, Tehran.
Chairman ISSI, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood welcomed the guest and emphasised the close cultural links and Islamic identity that was the basis of deep-rooted ties between Pakistan and Iran. He said that despite some ups and down in their relations, Pakistan and Iran have close brotherly relations. He said that Pakistan wishes the closest possible relations with Iran.
Dr. Sadollah Zarei also agreed with Ambassador Mahmood over the depth of relations between Pakistan and Iran. He stressed on the need to establish even closer relations between the two countries, and said that one area where there is potential for improvement is the economic interaction. He suggested that the two countries should have a regional approach as far as economic relations are concerned, and that they should work towards expanding trade to $20 billion in the next ten years or so.