Bahram Qassemi

Spokesman: Iran in talks with Pakistan to secure release of remaining guards

IRNA – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed the need for setting up secure Iran-Pakistan borders, and said talks with the Pakistani side is underway to set free the rest of Iran’s border guards and Pakistan has vowed to follow up the case.

Bahram Qasemi, in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Tuesday, said, ‘The enemies are not interested in stabilizing the region and they are instructed by others to try to insecure the region.’

About the actions of the Iranian Foreign Ministry to release the rest of the border guards who are in the hands of the Jeish al-Adl terrorist group, he said that after the arrival of terrorists in Iran and the abduction of border guards, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutions began their work and the matter was pursued through constant contacts with Pakistani side to release the rest of the border guards.

The foreign ministry spokesman added that Iranian Foreign Minister immediately went to Pakistan and spoke with most of the country’s top officials and the outcome was the release of five border guards.

Qasemi continued, ‘I cannot comment on the exact figures of the remaining personnel in the hands of the terrorist group, but there are still in the hands of abductors and talks with the Pakistani side continue and some promises have been made.’

Answering the question of whether there is a possibility of joint Iran-Pakistan military action against terrorist groups?, the spokesman said there is an agreement between Iran and Pakistan to strengthen security and stabilize the borders; ‘we and Pakistan believe that the border between the two countries is a frontier of peace and friendship and should remain a frontier of peace’.

Expressing that there is a will on both sides to create safer borders, he said, ‘Mechanisms between the military and security forces of the two countries are defined and we hope that effective steps will be taken to strengthen border security.’

Qasemi noted, ‘With the will on both sides, we will definitely see safer borders in this area, and the enemies do not succeed in creating insecurity in the region.’

On October 16, a number of border guards were kidnapped by militant group Jeish al-Adl at the border crossing point in Mirjaveh, southeast of the country, and were transferred to Pakistan.

Five of these border guards were released on November 15, following the Pakistani government’s effort and were handed over to Iran, but the rest of the border guards are in the hands of this terrorist group.