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Iran marks revolution anniversary.

Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost hosted a reception to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and Iran's national day. The chief guest on the occasion was National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua along with Akram Khan Durrani, federal minister for housing and works.

Young school children sang the national anthems of Iran and Pakistan, making the formal part of the event particularly friendly.

In his speech, Ambassador Honardoost, spoke first in English and then in Urdu. He emphasised the cordial relations between the two countries, noting that Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan in 1947. He also spoke about cultural contact long before that, and also mentioned that Pakistan's national poet Allama Iqbal wrote part of his poetry in Persian.

Ambassador Honardoost said there is great potential for further close cooperation between the two countries, including in the electricity and gas sectors, and in many other areas.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 19, 2018
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