Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
will visit Iran next week to hold talks with the top
leadership of the country and to discuss the regional
"The current visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar
Salehi to Pakistan and his meetings with Pakistani leaders
will provide important substantive inputs for the visit by
Prime Minister Gilani to Iran," Foreign Office spokesperson
Tehmina Janjua told a weekly news briefing today.
Gilani, who will visit Iran during September 11-13, will
hold detailed discussions with the Iranian leadership on
strengthening bilateral relations and exchange views on the
regional situation, she said.
"Pakistan`s foreign policy priority is to have the best
relations with our neighbours," she said.
As part of a policy of focused regional outreach,
President Asif Ali Zardari visited Urumqi and Tajikistan while
Prime Minister Gilani visited Kazakhstan over the past
fortnight, Janjua said.
Salehi is currently in Islamabad for a meeting of the
Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission.
Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh is representing
Pakistan in the meet.
Both sides are giving high priority to enhancing
transport and communication links, important energy projects,
mutually beneficial cooperation and trade, including
preferential tariff arrangements, Janjua said.