SHAFAQNA -Â Iran has backed Pakistani-mediated peaceÂ talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.
During a visit to Islamabad on Thursday, Iranian ForeignÂ Minister Jawad Zarif said his country hoped for a â€œpositive outcomeâ€ from the talks between the two sides, bringing an end to decades of conflict.
Addressing a press conference alongsideÂ Pakistani National Security AdvisorÂ Sartaj Aziz, Zarif also said Syria-based militant groupÂ Daesh wasÂ threat to the entire region, which needed a combined effort to challenge.
AzizÂ said they also spokeÂ about economic and energy ties between the two neighboring countries.
â€œWe agreed that enhancing bilateral collaboration in the energy sector was one of the major areas of mutually beneficial cooperation,” Aziz said.
He also congratulated Iran on the settling of an internationalÂ deal on Iran’s nuclear power programÂ and said he hopedÂ the subsequent lifting of sanctions on Iran would allow for the completion of a gas pipeline between the two countries.
Zarif is scheduled to go to the Indian capital Delhi on Friday as he continues a South Asia tour.
Ties between Pakistan and Iran have been uneasy in the past decade with Iran accusing Pakistan of not preventing hardline Sunni groups from crossing the border to carryÂ out militant attacks, many of them on border guards.