FM Khawaja Asif, Turkish PM discuss regional situation

After Donald Trump calls Pak 'terror haven', country's foreign minister meets Iran leaders for support

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif sat down with top Iranian officials for talks on bilateral relations and regional developments, particularly efforts to achieve political settlement of the lingering conflict in Afghanistan.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif is embarking on a visit to neighbouring Iran on Monday on the second leg of his regional tour as part of Islamabad's diplomatic initiative to offset the possible negative fallout of US President Donald Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Since then, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan. Pakistan is upset over the allegations.

The present situation in the region and the world as a whole is changing rapidly, he said, adding that we have not seen such major geopolitcal changes since the Second World War.

"Afghanistan, the U.S. and its allies should close their borders to leaders of terrorist, militant groups carrying out acts of terrorism against Pakistan", he added. Asif is accompanied by National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

He also said that both countries relied on China and the United States for betterment in relations but "never trust each other to do the same".

Asif, during his meeting with President Rouhani, discussed strengthening of ties between the two countries and reaffirmed the mutual desire to boost bilateral cooperation.

The Pakistani foreign minister went on to say that there is no military solution to the regional crises.

The visit of Foreign Minister to China, Iran and now Turkey will be fruitful.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the regional countries, especially Iran and Pakistan, should make efforts and cooperate in establishing security and stability in the region", the president noted.

He will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

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