Pakistan continues to rebuff US, supports Iran’s stand on JCPOA

Pakistan continues to rebuff US, supports Iran’s stand on JCPOA

After his return from Pakistan last month, Sidhu said, there was controversy in India, but the new Pakistan prime minister said "they want peace". "I can say with full confidence that relations between both the nations would be enhanced". Pakistan had denied any involvement and offered cooperation in the investigation.

He said a comprehensive time-bound action plan with delineated responsibilities be submitted to him for his approval.

Sufi believed that it is a very positive development because political leaders, including the pro-India, have also thrown weight behind Khan's policies to peacefully resolve disputes with India. "We will work very hard to implement the 100-day agenda and the fruit of our hard work will soon be visible to people", he said.

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"This was important given International Atomic Energy Agency repeated verification that Iran has strictly adhered to the terms of agreement", the statement added, saying Qureshi told his Iranian counterpart that "Pakistan stands with Iran in this hour of need". It was the first bilateral engagement between the two neighbors since Khan came into power.

Much to the chagrin of hawks in Washington and Riyadh, neighbors Iran and Pakistan have reaffirmed their commitment to bolster bilateral ties and open a new chapter in their relationship.

It said the two sides exchanged useful views on ways to strengthen cooperation in economic, cultural, trade and connectivity sectors and agreed to continue close consultations on border security through various forums.

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At the meeting, which was also attended by the chief ministers of three of the four provinces besides federal and provincial ministers and secretaries, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary gave separate briefings on the local government system. It seems there is a willingness in both countries to reduce tensions and inch towards the resumption of dialogue as Khan made repeated calls for resumption of the dialogue. Mr Khan said the past practice of centralisation of power had deprived the people of any meaningful say in government affairs.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will head the Pakistani delegation at 73rd UN General Assembly session set to open on September 18.

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