Pakistan vows to continue cooperation with Iran

Islamabad, May 2, IRNA -- Foreign Minister of Pakistan says his country will continue to cooperate with Iran to boost mutual trust.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the remarks while speaking in the parliament on Thursday about the recent developments in Pakistan's ties with Iran.

Qureshi addressing the lawmakers on the floor of the National Assembly said that some powers and hostile intelligence agencies don't want positive relations between Pakistan and Iran. 'Geopolitics comes into the mix,' he said.

'There are many elements involved who don't wish matters to improve, so when there is some sort of incident and they try to breed misunderstandings between Iran and Pakistan,' Qureshi explained. 'Our government has tried to remove these misunderstandings.'

The foreign minister pointed out that some parliamentarians may already know that Iran and some other regional Muslim countries have a sensitive relationship, while 'they have good ties with us'.

'It's a delicate balance that we have to maintain, and the House must understand those sensitivities and concerns,' the foreign minister said.

'I held meetings with the Iranian foreign minister four times ─ twice in Islamabad, once in Tehran and once in Istanbul.

During that we discussed the overall situation, border challenges, ways to maintain peace on the border, ways to manage it by agreeing to create a joint center,' he said, so that if there are any attacks, there are procedures in place to deal with them.

'We have cooperated with each other, some steps have been taken. We are increasing some of our Frontier Corps regiments, we are building a headquarters in Turbat so that there is a rapid response, our helicopter surveillance (near the border) has increased, and we have agreed on the formation of a joint border center and border fencing,' he said.

'The Prime Minister Imran Khan, during his visit to Iran, spoke to Iranian leaders and laid matters out before them. The misunderstandings that existed between our security officials were removed and a more positive and enabling environment has been created,' he said.

Qureshi speaking on the abductions of Iranian border guards said “we cooperated at once, and our forces acted and recovered their people and handed them over immediately, which created goodwill'.

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