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Can Pakistan be friends with Iran?

Can Pakistan be friends with Iran?

With pressure mounting on Iran from US sanctions, Iran is placing heavy emphasis on its neighbours for trade and political support. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Iran has raised the question of whether Pakistan can be the friend Tehran needs to survive the Trump administration’s growing hostility. Khan’s visit, his first since becoming prime minister, coincided with the announcement from the Trump administration that the US will end all waivers for foreign countries to import Iranian oil.

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Zarif in Doha for ACD meeting

Zarif in Doha for ACD meeting

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Doha, Qatar, last night to attend the 16th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue.

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Tehran's policies risk Iran's territorial integrity

Tehran's policies risk Iran's territorial integrity

In his conversations with American journalists during his recent visit to New York, as reported in The New Yorker, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that some of Iran’s regional rivals, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, want its disintegration. He could have added a few others to the list, including Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and even Turkey and Iraq, although they are more discrete and do not express their anti-Iran feelings so openly, at least at the official level.

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Iran, Pakistan agree to create a joint rapid reaction force

Iran, Pakistan agree to create a joint rapid reaction force

Speaking at a press conference with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that he had conferred on border security with the Pakistani PM at a meeting prior to the press conference, saying “we both agreed to expand security cooperation between the two countries, and form a joint rapid reaction force on shared borders to counter terrorism.”

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Imran Khan arrives in Tehran

Imran Khan arrives in Tehran

President Hassan Rouhani has received Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who arrived in Tehran in the early hours of Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian figures.

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PM Imran  Khan to visit Iran

PM Imran Khan to visit Iran

Prime Minister Imran Khan will soon make a maiden visit to Tehran, which observers see as part of Pakistan’s efforts to maintain a delicate balance in its ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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