Iranian President Visits Pakistan Seeking Better Ties

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ISLAMABAD—Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visits neighboring Pakistan for two days starting Friday. The trip is apparently part of Iran’s diplomatic campaign to boost economic and trade ties with neighboring and regional countries now that international sanctions against it have been removed.
Pakistani and Iranian officials say the sanctions had for years prevented the two countries from expanding economic relations and slowed progress on efforts to import Iranian natural gas to meet rapidly growing needs in energy-starved Pakistan.