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Pakistan health minister in Tehran for enhanced ties

During her one-week stay in Tehran, the Pakistani minister is scheduled to visit medical and health centers in Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz as well as to meet her Iranian counterpart Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi.

Iranian Deputy Health Minister for International Affairs Mohsen Asadi Lari said that one of the objectives of the visit to Tehran by the Pakistani minister is to pursue the agreements between the two countries.

He said that the agreements between Iran and Pakistan were signed during previous meetings of the two ministers in Pakistan, Geneva and on the sidelines of regional conferences.

The Pakistani minister is interested in Iran's health system, including rendering preliminary healthcare, controlling infectious and non-infectious diseases and the country's Health Insurance and Health Reform Plan, Asadi Lari said, adding that Afzal Tarar aims to make use of Iran's experiences in the heath sector during her visit.

Curbing the trafficking of counterfeit drugs into Iran from Pakistan will be also on the agenda of the talks between the two sides, he said.

Underlining Iran's support for Pakistan's plan to control polio, the official said that Pakistani government has made great achievements in this regard over the past few months and will be able to fully bring the disease under control in the future.

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