Iran Foreign Ministry urging talks with Pakistan to strengthen border security

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi urged the need for serious consultations with Pakistan to strengthen the border security between the two countries.

In response to a question on whether the Foreign Ministry would pursue the terrorist attack in eastern Iran through international communities, Qasemi in his weekly news conference on Monday said that there were many consultations between Tehran and Islamabad in the aftermath of the recent terrorist incident. These consultations will continue. The necessary warnings and what Pakistan should be committed have been raised.

'In this case, my information does not indicate that there is a particular UN action,' he said. 'We are keen to be able to engage in a serious and intensive consultation with Pakistan to determine the status of the borders and what steps they can take to increase security to avoid such problems, and there are direct contacts between the two sides.”

In a reply to question about the visit of the Pakistani delegation to Iran, the diplomat also noted, 'We are in direct contact with various channels, and various Pakistani officials have spoken with the Iranian side and have made suggestions. We look forward to determine the final decision in these suggestions so we can publish more information within the next few days.'

In response to question about the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, he said, 'The foreign relations of neighboring countries are related to themselves, and we do not advise them and we cannot interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, but we think that our neighbors must understand the devious and destructive planning of some of the centers for influencing their relations with Iran.”

Responding to a question on the statement by Mrs. Mogherini EU foreign policy chief who said that if had not been for Europe, the JCPOA would have already died, Iran's top diplomat said, 'This is her view. Despite the withdrawal of the United States from JCPOA, three European countries are still in agreement and Iran and two other members of the Security Council remained in it.”

Referring to the implementation of Iran's commitments in this agreement, he said, 'We hope that survival of the JCPOA will not be just this way, and that Europe and the three countries will be able to fulfill the losses caused by the US withdrawal from it and fulfill their obligations so that we can speak better about JCPOA's survival.'

On the comments of Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the addition of countries such as Iraq and Lebanon to Astana summit, Qasemi stated, 'Deciding whether new countries are involved in this process as observer-members and not as the main member of the threshold process has been raised from the past.”

'Many countries, after witnessing this trend as growing and successful were keen on to attend in the process which was not possible for certain reasons, but ultimately these three countries (Iran, Russia and Turkey) must reach an understanding whether the new members if new members can participate in the talks as an observer or not.”

He argued that Iran's view on other countries’ membership in this process, in particular the countries of the region and the neighboring countries of Syria as observer is positive, and declared, “It can be reached at the operational stage, but the necessary condition is that the authorities of Iran, Turkey and Russia take decision over which countries can participate as observer in this process.

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