Iran welcomes expansion of military ties with Pakistan

IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran welcomes expansion of defensive and military cooperation with Islamabad hoping that such cooperation will lead to bolstering of political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa inTehran on Monday.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to broaden brotherly and sincere relations with its neighbors such as Pakistan, and there is no doubt that such relations will win supports of both nations, President Rouhani said.

Expansion of cooperation between the two sides’ armed forces could be in various sectors such as training, joint military exercises, military industries as well as exchange of experiences, Rouhani said.

Terrorism, sectarian and ethnical differences are now regarded as two main problems in the world of Islam and role of some global powers in fanning the flames of such disputes is remarkable, he said.

Big powers are against unity and brotherhood between Muslims as they know that such relations will bring Muslims much closer and there is no doubt that these countries in the absence of global powers will be able to resolve their problems, Rouhani said.

Close cooperation between Iran and Pakistan can help prepare the grounds for more unity among Islamic states and it is quite evident that existing differences between Islamic countries can be resolved through dialogue, President Rouhani said.

Iran-Pakistan border should be introduced as border of friendship, development and tourism between the two nations and both sides should not let some terrorist groups to make these borders insecure, he added.

Iran’s active presence in Iraq and Syria in fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups was at the official invitation of those countries and its positive results are now tangible to all, but the main question is the reason behind military aggression, destruction and carnage of people in Yemen?, President Rouhani said.

The visiting Pakistani Army Chief, for his part, described the two sides’ relations very brotherly and deeply rooted and underlined that Islamabad calls for expansion of military and defensive cooperation with Tehran in line with both sides historical and economic ties.

People in Pakistan always respect Iranian people for their bravery and resistance against arrogant powers and ‘we are determined to broaden all-out relations’ with the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said.

Referring to the presence of terrorism and extremism in the region, the Pakistani army chief called for unity among Islamic countries, and said all should put aside their differences through negotiations and they should not let the western countries to meddle in order to sell their arms.