ISLAMABAD, Pakistan/TEHRAN, Iran: Pakistan has made it clear to the world that it won’t be breaking economic ties with neighbor Iran in the wake of re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran by US President Donald Trump.
“We are examining the implications of the US’ re-imposed sanctions on Iran,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly news briefing. “However, Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests while respecting the international legal regime.”
It should be noted that US President Donald Trump, who has been widely accused of abusing human rights in US and around the globe, had warned other countries that Washington would not hesitate to slap similar restrictions on the states intending to do business with Tehran.
Relations between Pakistan and Iran have shown signs of improvement in recent months with both the countries have convergence of opinion on many regional issues including Afghanistan.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also telephoned Imran on Wednesday and congratulated him over his party’s election victory. Imran accepted Rouhani’s invitation for the visit to Tehran.
In his victory speech, Imran called for improving ties with Pakistan’s immediate neighbors including Iran. But the latest row between Tehran and Washington would certainly test Imran’s diplomatic skills to protect Pakistan’s interests.