Iran, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation on border guards issue

Islamabad, Oct 31, IRNA - Iran and Pakistan have agreed to continue close consultations through the established multipronged mechanism between the two countries for safe recovery of abducted Iranian border guards.

This was agreed during a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his office on Wednesday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Islamabad last night on a day long official visit to Pakistan to discuss the fate of abducted Iranian border guards with Pakistani high civil and military officials.

On October 16, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said terrorists had kidnapped the Iranian forces, including local Basij volunteer forces and border guards, near the town of Mirjaveh on the Pakistani border.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, while welcoming his counterpart expressed his desire to strengthen the existing strong bilateral relations. He stated that frequent high-level exchanges between the two countries manifested the warmth in bilateral relations.

Pakistan and Iran enjoy close brotherly relations. Both countries have stood by each other in difficult moments. Growing challenges in the region provide both Pakistan and Iran an opportunity to work even closer.

Both sides during the meeting underscored the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas including political, economic and defense cooperation.

Detailed discussions were also held on regional and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and ways to work together in the wake of re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran.

While expressing satisfaction over cooperation with regard to the Pakistan-Iran border, it was agreed to continue close consultations through the established multipronged mechanism between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that the Pakistan-Iran border is a border of peace and Pakistan will spare no effort to keep it this way.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that Iran-Pakistan relations are deep-rooted in complete trust and solidarity. “The detractors will not succeed in weakening our mutual resolve to further strengthening our cooperation,” he noted.

Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized that this objective could only be achieved through better communication, mutual trust and understanding.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed that Pakistan greatly values Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks on the issue of Kashmir.

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif had also met with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed regional security situation and other matters of mutual interest. The two sides also discussed the situation arising due to abduction of Iranian border guards.

Earlier upon his arrival in Islamabad Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Pakistan has promised to help Iran recover the Iranian border guards safely.

The Iranian foreign minister earlier had urged the Pakistani authorities to act swiftly to recover the hostages and arrest the elements behind the terrorist incident in accordance with “the previous understandings” between the two countries.

Meanwhile Commander of the Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour had also visited Pakistan to discuss the fate of abducted Iranian border guards.

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