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Iran's Supreme Leader meets with Pakistani President

TEHRAN, Mar. 11 (ISNA)-The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met on Tuesday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

In this meeting Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the strong cultural and historical ties between the two countries and said that the cordial relations between the Iranian and Pakistani nations are the main cause of the expansion of ties between the two countries.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (right)

He referred to the expansion of relations between the two countries and said that these relations can be further improved based on the two countries' capacities.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the security of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic as interrelated and also referred to the Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railway and the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline as important projects to be completed by the two countries.

He further expressed hope that these projects could be carried out in the best way through determination and wisdom on the part of the Pakistani President.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that cooperation among neighboring Islamic countries will increase their power and reiterated that such power can bring about positive results in all areas.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the interference of the US in other country's affairs will only worsen the situation and increase the problems of those countries and said that religious extremism has caused problems in some countries of the region, including Pakistan.

In this meeting, the President of Pakistan referred to the strong ties between Iran and Pakistan and said that his country will make efforts to improve its relations with the Islamic Republic.

He added that the projects developed by Iran and Pakistan will benefit the future generations in both countries.

Zardari added "all countries have now realized that it might be possible to occupy countries or weaken nations, but it is not possible to wipe out nations."

Iran and Pakistan Presidents

Pakistan seeks expansion of cooperation with Iran

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari called for expansion of all-out ties between Tehran and Islamabad.

Zardari in a meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday said bullying powers never admit to their mistakes, but people have learnt that aggression and bullying are not signs of superiority and will fail to settle problems.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) greets Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Ahmadinejad on his part said the two sides will boost ties in all domains to secure their common interests.

Zardari arrived in Iran on Tuesday to take part in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Tehran on Wednesday.

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