Iran to discuss fate of abducted guards at joint border meeting

An Iranian deputy Foreign Minister says the Islamic Republic of Iran will further discuss the fate of five Iranian border guards, who were abducted and transferred to Pakistan, at a joint border commission.

On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said the Islamic Republic had already conveyed its outrage to Pakistan over the abduction of the Iranian border guards.

The Iranian diplomat further stated that Iran is due to further discuss the abductions with Pakistani officials during a joint Tehran-Islamabad border commission which will be held in the Pakistani city of Quetta “soon.”

The five Iranian border guards were kidnapped by the so-calledJaish-ul-Adl terrorists in Jakigour region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and taken to the Pakistani territory.

Following the incident, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran Noor Mohammad Jadmani to protest the abduction and transference of the abductees to Pakistan.

New footage initially broadcast by Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya TV channel and then posted online on Sunday showed the five abducted Iranian border guards are in good health.

The video showed first sergeant Jamshid Danaifar sitting in the middle of the other four abducted Iranian border guards, saying they are in good health and urging the Iranian government to help release them.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking necessary measures to implement a border security agreement with Pakistan.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan.

In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.

By Press TV


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