From Tehmina Mustapha
TEHRAN – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the US was trying to achieve its illegitimate goals in Pakistan through sowing discord in the Muslim country.
According to Iranian Media reports, Seyed Ali Khamenei who met Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari here in Tehran on Saturday underlined all-out expansion of ties between Iran and Pakistan.
Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that Washington is trying to sow seeds of dissension in Pakistan to meet its illegitimate goals, but the awareness of Pakistani people concerning ominous intention of the US has caused more resistance of the nation against US hegemonic plots. Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.
According to the report of Supreme Leader Office website, in the meeting, the Supreme Leader underlined all-out expansion of ties with Pakistan.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the USA is trying to sow seeds of dissension in Pakistan to meet its illegitimate goals, but the awareness of Pakistani people concerning ominous intention of the US has caused more resistance of the nation against hegemonic intention of them.
President Zardari expressed pleasure with meeting the Supreme Leader and said that Pakistan will do its utmost to expand relations with Iran.
He added that bilateral ties have a strong historical and cultural background and continued that bilateral relations will have brighter and clear future. Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik have expressed their determination to make joint efforts against extremists, terrorists and drug-traffickers
After their meeting held here in Tehran on the sidelines of two day International Conference on Global Fight against Terrorism, the two ministers said that they have come up with strategies to fight terrorism and narcotics.
He further noted that the two officials also exchanged views on ways to combat narcotics, "which is a major source of financing terrorism." "We came to a consensus on how to fight organized terror and money laundering, as well as strategies to improve border control," the Iranian interior minister stated. Malik, for his part, said that his country would not allow terrorists to use the Pakistani soil against Iran, and stressed, "We are working jointly together."