Khamenei Calls US the “Enemy” of Pakistan
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tehran on Saturday for talks with Iranian officials. During a meeting with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian leader said the US is Pakistan’s “real enemy,” [IRNA, 16 July]. The US-Pakistan relationship has been on a downward spiral since the 2 May US raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Zardari called for stronger bilateral ties between the two countries. He highlighted the work underway to construct a natural gas pipeline linking Iran’s southern gas fields to Pakistan’s pipeline grid.