Islamabad Ready to Help Ease Iran-West Tension

A01125442.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Pakistan can act as a bridge to ease tension between Iran and the West, ruling party Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said.

Mushahid made the observation in a speech at a dinner hosted in Islamabad on Wednesday for Elmar Brok, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the European parliament and head of its group on Kashmir, James Elles.

He said Pakistan was in a position to help reduce tension as it had good ties with Iran and the Western countries.

Pakistan, the Islamic world’s sole atomic power, opposes proliferation of nuclear weapon technology. It however supports Iran’s right to peaceful use of nuclear energy under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.

Mushahid, who also heads Senate foreign relations committee, said Pakistan would maintain its good ties with Iran.

He said a 10-member Senate delegation would visit Iran from today as part of efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations.

Mushahid also said Pakistan like the European Union stood for complete peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He called for an active role by the European parliament towards resolution of disputes between Pakistan and India in the light of proposals of demilitarization and self-governance for Kashmir made by Pakistan leadership.

Elmar Brok said that Pakistan was an important country in the fight against terrorism and it was playing a positive role in the Islamic world.

Being a modern Islamic state, Pakistan could be in the forefront in helping resolve the conflict in Middle East, he said.

Brok expressed the hope the ongoing dialogue between Pakistan and India would lead to stability and peace in the region.

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