Iran, Pakistan Agree To Boost Ties

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Iran and Pakistan expressed their commitment to boost bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, with special focus on energy, economic and trade spheres. During his brief five-hour trip to Tehran, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari held meetings with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, followed by another round of talks with Ahmadinejad in the president’s palace. Accompanying Zardari on the trip was Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Water and Power Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Asim Hussain and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran Khalid Aziz Babar. The visit is bound to ruffle Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia and US.