Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will soon visit flood-ravaged Pakistan to witness first hand the impact of the calamity that has engulfed its eastern neighbor.

“The president has decided to personally visit the affected areas to decide how to better help the flood victims,” said Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, Iran’s interior minister.

Najjar did not specify when Ahmadinejad’s visit would take place.

It is expected that Ahmadinejad may be accompanied by head of Red Cross Society of Iran, Mustafa Najjar – the Interior Minister and government officials.


The announcement comes after Pakistan’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Rehman Malik’s arrival in Tehran on Saturday to meet his counterpart Najjar and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Monuchehr Mottaki, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

The main purpose of the visit is to discuss issues of security and control of common border, it has emerged.

According to Iranian media, as a result of floods in Pakistan a lot of refugees specially from Balochistan, try to cross its eastern border with Iran.

The worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history has already affected 20 million people in nearly a month of flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains, and killed 1,600 people by official count. Many remain unaccounted for with thousands of villages destroyed and nearly 3.5 million children at risk of water-borne diseases.

US ambassador at large for Afghanistan and Pakistan – Mr. Richard Holbrooke had questioned why Pakistan’s traditional ally China and Iran have not come forward, asking them “to step up to the plate”.