The Iranian president has congratulated the Pakistani people and Nawaz Sharif on his recent election as Pakistan’s prime minister.
In a message, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that the brotherly relations between the two countries would flourish under Sharif’s leadership, Pakistani Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.
In a separate message, Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani also congratulated the new Pakistani premier, saying the peaceful and democratic transition of power to Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was indicative of the Pakistani people’s great confidence in Sharif and his party.
Larijani expressed hope that Tehran and Islamabad would improve their parliamentary ties in the future.
In a message to all heads of Pakistani missions abroad after taking the oath of office, Sharif expressed the desire to deepen relations with Islamabad’s friends in the Middle East, East Asia and elsewhere.
The Pakistani prime minister stated that Iran is a friendly country with which Islamabad shall continue to pursue close cooperation.
On Wednesday, Pakistani lawmakers endorsed Sharif as the country’s new prime minister, electing him to an unprecedented third term more than a decade after he was ousted in a coup.
During general elections held on May 11, Sharif’s center-right party secured 176 seats of the 342-member lower house of the assembly. Sharif later won 244 votes to become prime minister.
By Press TV
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