(FNA)- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the country’s officials to double efforts to further broaden relations and cooperation with Iran in defiance of the US attempts to pressure Tehran.
“Iran is a friendly and neighboring state and we have age-old relations with the country,” Imran Khan told FNA in a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday.
“We want to expand ties with Iran,” he added.
Senior leaders of Iran and Pakistan have vowed to enhance the values of trade exchanges between the two countries to the level of $5 billion.
A senior Pakistani trade official underlined in August that his country would not quit developing trade relations with Iran despite the re-imposition of sanctions against the Islamic Republic by the US.
“Sanctions will have no impact on Iran’s trade with other countries and cannot hamper its progress,” President of Iran-Pakistan Federation of Culture and Trade Khawaja Habib-ul Rahman said.
He underlined the re-imposition of the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic as an unjustified move, and said, “The economic situation of Iran is far better than the past and the new round of the US sanctions on Iran cannot hamper its progress.”
Also, in September, Imran Khan voiced his country’s willingness to broaden mutual cooperation with Iran in different fields.
“Pakistan is seeking enhancement of amicable ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Khan said.
The Pakistani prime minister underlined that Islamabad was looking for establishment of friendly relation with all its neighbors.