Pakistani top adviser: Border issues shouldn’t impair Tehran-Islamabad ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Ebrahim Rahimpour underlined that border issues shouldn’t affect the good and age-old relations between Tehran and Islamabad.

“The border issues should never overshadow the age-old, friendly and popular relations between the two countries,” Aziz said during the meeting in Islamabad on Monday.

He underlined the necessity for the further consolidation of ties between Iran and Pakistan, and said, “We should adopt new political and security mechanisms to prevent border incidents and issues between the two countries.”

Aziz blamed certain foreign states for creating insecurities in Iran and Pakistan bordering areas, and said, “Pakistan has and will never support any move or operation against Iran.”

He also criticized certain Pakistani media for attempting to exaggerate border problems between Tehran and Islamabad.

The bordering areas between Iran and Pakistan have recently witnessed some insecurities.

Four Iranian police officers, including a conscript, were killed in two terrorist attacks on a border post in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan earlier this month.

The tragic event took place in the vicinity of the city of Saravan near the border with Pakistan.

Last week, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri urged Pakistan to stop terrorists’ cross-border attacks from its soil, warning that the Iranian military will take action to crush such terrorist groups if Islamabad continues its present heedless attitude.

“We hope to be able to prevent terrorist actions with the help of the regional governments, specially the Pakistani government and army,” General Jazayeri told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held in Tehran to commemorate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) martyred commanders.

“Naturally, Iran will not bear such conditions for a long time and if the Islamic Republic feels necessary, it will adopt deterrent measures in this regard,” he stressed with a warning tone.

Meantime, Pakistani Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam once again reiterated that her country was resolved to increase the security of its borders with Iran.

“The two countries have long borders and they are seeking to prevent any problem in border areas through effective supervision,” Aslam said, addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Referring to recent talks between border officials of the two countries in Tehran, she said that an Iranian delegation would soon visit Islamabad to consult the issue.

By Fars News Agency


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