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Pak FM meets Iran's top leaders amid Trump's criticism

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today Iran's top leadership as part of Islamabad's efforts to drum up support for the country after US President Donald Trump criticised it for providing safe heavens to terrorists.

Asif called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran and exchanged views on latest regional situation and different aspects of the bilateral relations, Radio reported.

The foreign minister also held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif.

Ahead of Asif's maiden visit to America, Paksitan's foreign ministry had announced that he will travel to China, Russia, Turkey and to drum up support for after Trump warned it of consequences if it continues to support terror groups.

Trump while announcing his policy for South and hit out at for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in and warned that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists. is upset over the allegations.

Asif is accompanied by National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

The foreign minister earlier visited and discussed the new US policy with counterpart Wang Yi.

He is also expected to visit Turkey and meet his Russian counterpart later this month as part of efforts to garner support for the country which is facing mounting international pressure to act against the terror groups.

Meanwhile, the foreign minister told Iran's state agency IRNA that the US military approach in has already failed to address the problems in the country.

"No need to say that the approach taken by the Americans which is a military one, has not been able to bring peace to Afghanistan 16 years and military solution will not work," he said.

"I am also planning to meet my Russian counterpart in near future on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session and discuss the peaceful approaches for Afghanistan issue with him," he added.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 19:02 IST