TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Pakistan enjoy close brotherly relations, said Tehran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mashallah Shakri.
He was speaking as a chief guest in an international holy Qoran reciting gathering at Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad.
The envoy underlined the need for making concerted efforts to forge unity among the Muslim Ummah (nation) and between the two countries, reminding that Iran and Pakistan play a vital role in the said regard.
He said that Allama Iqbal was a great poet-scholar and his poetry was not only a source of inspiration for Pakistani people but the people of Iran as well.
The diplomat further stated that Iranian people love Pakistan “because Pakistan (except for Iran) is the only country in the world which has been created on the name of Islam”.
He also urged the two countries to further cement their relations in various fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, the Vice-Chancellor of the Allama Iqbal Open University welcomed the delegation of Qaris (reciters of the holy Qoran) from Iran.
He also thanked Iranian ambassador and his embassy for extending their cooperation in holding the International Qiraat (holy Qoran reciting) Conference.
He said that a recitation of Iranian Qaris gave all of us a spiritual strength during the holy month of Ramazan.
“We can resolve all of our issues and overcome our problems by following the true spirit of Quran,” he stressed.
Prof. Abdul Basit Majahid from the host University said that Iran was the land of Sa’adi and Hafez who gave the message of love and peace to the universe.
He stated that both Iran and Pakistan can play a vital role in strengthening the Muslim Ummah.