Pakistani official thanks Iran for helping flood victims

flood-SLAMABAD: Minister for Relief and Natural Disasters Sindh, Halim Sheikh Adel has thanked Iran for helping victims of 2011 floods.

Sheikh Adel made these remarks in a meeting with Qazvin representative in the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Hadi Barik Bin in the Northern city of Qazvin, IRNA reported on Monday.

‘After the flood in Pakistan, 1,500 housing units have been built for the affected people through Iran’s aid,’ Sheikh Adel said.

‘Although the occurrence of the incident in Pakistan was unfortunate and painful, the support and aids of the friendly and neighborly country of Iran and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei) motivated us to continue our lives,’ he added.

Qazvin representative in the Assembly of Experts,for his part, called relations between Tehran and Islamabad as historical and cultural and stressed the importance of unity among various factions of Islam.

The Iranian government announced in 2011 an aid of $80 million for rebuilding houses for the flood victims in Pakistan.

An Iranian delegation led by Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar visted the Pakistan to deliver Iran’s humanitarian aid cargo to the Pakistani authorities.

Also in 2011, Iran’s visiting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari that Tehran would play a main role in rebuilding the infrastructural projects destroyed in floods in the Pakistani Sindh and Punjab provinces.

Iran and Pakistan have always had very close and intimate relations throughout the history.

The two countries exchange delegations on a regular basis and their leaders are resolved to further accelerate expansion of ties and cooperation between the two neighboring nations.

By Business Recorder


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