Iranian President Raisi Arrives in Lahore, Pays Tribute at Iqbal’s Mausoleum

Iranian President Raisi Arrives in Lahore, Pays Tribute at Iqbal's Mausoleum

Lahore, The Gulf Observer: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Lahore on Tuesday, marking the second day of his official visit to Pakistan. His arrival heralds a significant milestone in diplomatic relations between the two neighboring nations.

President Raisi, accompanied by a high-level delegation, was warmly received at the airport by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz. This historic reception underscores the importance of President Raisi’s visit, being the first by a foreign head of state since the new government assumed office following the February 8 elections.

Upon his arrival in the provincial capital, President Raisi paid homage to the great philosopher and poet, Allama Iqbal, by visiting his mausoleum and laying a floral wreath. Speaking on this solemn occasion, President Raisi expressed his profound admiration for the people of Pakistan, remarking that he did not “feel like a stranger at all” due to the special connections shared between Iran and Pakistan. He paid tribute to Allama Iqbal, recognizing his profound influence not only on the people of Pakistan but also on the Iranian populace, describing him as an inspirational figure.

The visit took on a spiritual dimension as Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, the khateeb of Lahore’s historic Badshahi Mosque, offered special prayers for the enhancement of Pak-Iran relations and for the well-being of the Palestinians in Gaza. This gesture of solidarity underscores the shared commitment of Iran and Pakistan to regional stability and prosperity.

President Raisi’s visit to Pakistan holds immense significance in bolstering bilateral cooperation across various domains, including trade, security, and cultural exchange. The engagement between the two nations is poised to deepen and diversify, contributing to the mutual benefit of both countries and fostering greater regional harmony.

As President Raisi’s visit progresses, expectations are high for constructive discussions and initiatives that will further strengthen the enduring bonds of friendship and cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.