Pakistan urges enhanced ties with Iran

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has underlined the need for the promotion of ties with Iran, calling for increased interaction between Tehran and Islamabad.

During a meeting with Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli in Islamabad on Tuesday, Sharif stressed his government’s firm determination to improve ties with Tehran.

The Pakistani prime minister said that having comprehensive and bilateral ties with stable neighboring and regional countries remains a priority of Islamabad’s foreign policy.

The Iranian interior minister, for his part, pointed to the cultural, historical and religious commonalities between Tehran and Islamabad and described Pakistan as a friendly and brotherly country of Iran.

During the meeting, both officials said that the grounds must be prepared for the further enhancement of bilateral cooperation and interaction between the two countries.

Sharif and Rahmani Fazli also discussed border issues and security cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.

Heading a high-ranking political and security delegation, Rahmani-Fazli travelled to Islamabad on a two-day official visit upon an invitation by his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Rahmani Fazli’s visit to Pakistan aims to improve security cooperation between the two countries following the kidnapping of Iranian border guards.

Five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region in the southeastern Iranian Sistan and Baluchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistani territory.

The so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Four border gauds were then released and the fate of the fifth one remains unknown. The group has said they have killed him.

On October 25, 2013, the terrorist group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in a border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

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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