Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Pakistan’s would-be prime minister, Imran Khan, on his party’s win in recent general election, calling for stronger relations between the two neighbors, which he said are the “strategic depth” of one another.
In a telephone conversation with leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party on Wednesday, Rouhani said the bonds between Iran and Pakistan are beyond those of two ordinary neighbors, as they have always served as the “strategic depth” of one another.
Stressing the need for closer economic cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad, the president urged “significant progress” in Iran-Pakistan trade relations.
For his part, Khan expressed his country’s willingness to expand its relations with Iran in all fields, particularly in trade.
Pakistan held general elections on July 25 to elect members of the 15th National Assembly and the four Provincial Assemblies.
The former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan and his party won the parliamentary elections, promising a new Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence.