Iran and Pakistan Navigate Regional Rivalries as They Push for Deeper Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with former Pakistani adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, Islamabad, Pakistan, March 12, 2018 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with former Pakistani adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, Islamabad, Pakistan, March 12, 2018 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).

In mid-March, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Islamabad for a three-day visit, heading a 30-member Iranian delegation. During talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Zarif pledged to increase bilateral trade between Iran and Pakistan from around $1.16 billion today to $5 billion by 2021. They also discussed other areas of cooperation. In an email interview, Payam Mohseni, the director of the Iran Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, discusses how Iran and Pakistan’s mutual desire for a deeper relationship must contend with regional rivalries. WPR: What is the […]

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