Iranian President Raisi to visit Pakistan

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a meeting with the families of the security forces killed during the Iran’s protests, in Tehran, Iran, December 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, accompanied by his spouse and a high-level delegation, will visit Pakistan from April 22 to 24, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry. The delegation includes Iran’s foreign minister, other cabinet members, senior officials, and a business group.

During his visit, President Raisi is scheduled to meet with Pakistan’s President, Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Senate, and the Speaker of the National Assembly, the ministry stated. He will also travel to Lahore and Karachi to meet with provincial leaders.

“The agenda for the meetings will focus on strengthening Pakistan-Iran ties and enhancing cooperation across various sectors, including trade, connectivity, energy, agriculture, and people-to-people contacts,” the Foreign Ministry noted. “Discussions will also cover regional and global developments and bilateral efforts to combat terrorism.”

This visit occurs as tensions between Iran and Israel have intensified, with both nations having engaged in direct attacks on each other’s territories over the past week.

Additionally, Sher Afza Marwat, a member of the Pakistan National Assembly, disclosed that Pakistan’s government has allowed the use of two Air Force bases in Baluchistan, near the borders with Iran, to support operations.