Iran Border Guard Commander calls for enhanced maritime cooperation with Pakistan

Islamabad, IRNA -- The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Border Guards has stressed upon the need to enhance cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad, exchange information and implement a mechanism based on the principles of equality and common interests.

During his official visit to Pakistan on Wednesday, Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi met with Rear Admiral Mirza Fawad Amin Beg, Director General of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, in the port city of Karachi.

Colonel Mostafa Ghanbarpour, Iran's military attaché in Pakistan and members of the delegations of the two countries attended the meeting.

Iran Border Commander during the meeting called for a mechanism based on the principles of equality and common interests, mutual respect, respect for border integrity, jurisdiction and the establishment of a continuous framework for maritime cooperation and exchange of information between two neighboring countries.

He added that in the maritime cooperation the two countries should hold search and rescue operations, actions against maritime crime and protection of the marine environment and increase the fight against security breaches.

He added considering the common borders of Iran and Pakistan, relief and rescue cooperation, prevention of criminal acts at sea, identification of criminals and border trespassers are inevitable.

Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi also called for increased cooperation in the area of intrinsic border duties of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

Iranian Border Guard commander arrived in Karachi on Wednesday morning to strengthen bilateral cooperation and attend the International Barracuda-XI Exercise.

The Barracuda-XI Exercise kicked off on January 11 with the participation of 19 countries and will continue until Thursday. The exercise is taking place in the northern part of the Arabian Sea, in Pakistani territorial waters near the Karachi coastline.

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