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Iran, Pakistan hold 22nd joint border security meeting

FNA – Security officials from Iran and Pakistan along with their accompanying delegations met in Iran’s Southeastern city of Zahedan on Monday to hold the 22nd joint meeting on border cooperation between the two countries.

The 22nd Iran-Pakistan joint border meeting began in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan provincial capital of Zahedan on Monday Iranian and Pakistani delegations in attendance.

The Iranian delegation is headed by the Deputy Governor General for Security and Disciplinary Affairs of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province Mohammad Hadi Marashi, and the Pakistani side is headed by Chief Secretary of Pakistan’s Balochistan Province Ahmad Nazir.

“Iran and Pakistan hold a long history of friendly ties and their people have friendly and kinship relations, too,” said Marashi.

“The two Muslim neighboring countries have cultural, historical, and religious similarities and have many economic interests in common. Expanding ties can lead to economic and security flourishing in the southeastern parts of Iran and Pakistan’s Balochistan Province,” he added.

Pointing to the religious and kinship relations of the people of the area, Marashi added, “Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan and Pakistan’s Balochistan provinces cannot be separated and securing the region eases the expansion of relations.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Marashi expressed hope that the decisions made in this meeting will have positive effect in the two countries’ relations.

The two-day meeting is attended by the heads of security bodies, foreign ministry, customs, and governors as well.

Earlier in mid-October, Tehran and Islamabad held their Sixth Permanent Border Committee meeting in Pakistan’s Southwestern city of Quetta.

The two-day meeting was held in the presence of representatives of customs, security forces and other officials from Iran’s Sistan and Balouchestan and Pakistan’s Baluchistan provinces.

Iranian delegation was headed by Chairman of Sistan and Balouchestan Chamber of Industry, Mine and Trade Mir Nadir Shikar.

Members of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) are also taking part in the meeting.

Pakistan-Iran border affairs, security issues, trade activities on border villages and mutual cooperation will be discussed in the meeting.

In relevant remarks a week before, a Pakistani official declared that his country attaches great importance to expanding bilateral ties with Iran in all sectors, especially in economic and commercial areas.

Governor of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Shah Farman affirmed his country’s resolute will to broaden al-out relations with Iran in a meeting with Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Peshawar Mohammad Baqer Beygi.

The ruler of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province placed special emphasis on the necessity of supporting trade and business opportunities due to the current potentials and capacities between the two states.

Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan enjoy joint religious and cultural commonalities, he said, adding, “These commonalities have paved suitable ground for developing and promoting bilateral relationship in various fields.”

He called for the cooperation of Iran and Pakistan as well as Islamic countries to establish unity and amity as well as to prevent divisions and sectarianism among Muslims.

Speaking for his part, Beygi congratulated the triumph of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in reformation of the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Shah Farman’s appointment as the ruler of the province in Pakistan.

Considering the high potentials and capacities between Iran and Pakistan as two neighboring countries with common culture, he expressed hope that relationship between the two countries will be promoted more than before, he maintained.

Iran is ready to participate in launching projects in this province including constructing road, installing hydroelectricity power plants, constructing dam and also urban projects as well as constructing residential units, he said, adding, “Moreover, Iran is pursuing to remove banking hurdles between the two countries.”

Earlier in mid-September, Pakistani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Faisal renewed his country’s support for the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the world powers in Vienna in July 2015.

“Unilateral withdrawal and arbitrary rescinding of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would undermine the confidence of the international community in dialogue and diplomacy,” Faisal said, addressing a weekly press briefing.

He underlined that the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), represents a good example of negotiated settlement of a complex issue through dialogue and diplomacy.

“Unilateral withdrawal and arbitrary rescinding of the agreement, which was an outcome of a decade long effort of diplomats, would undermine the confidence of the international community in dialogue and diplomacy,” he said.

Earlier Pakistan had called upon all the parties to honor their commitments regarding the implementation of Iran nuclear deal.

The JCPOA stipulates the gradual removal of the West’s sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

However, US President Donald Trump announced in May the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal and the reinstating of the first round of sanctions in August.

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