As a neighboring country of Iran, how would you evaluate the post-sanctions period? Do you think that this deal is promising for the future of the region?
Pakistan has welcomed the lifting of sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction. I had the privilege of hosting the Iranian president, His Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani, last month. This visit offered us an opportunity to exchange views on strengthening bilateral relations in diverse fields. The two countries signed six agreements on promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields. We also decided to increase the annual bilateral trade volume to $5 billion within the next five years. Operationalization of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is a priority that will help us meet our growing energy needs.