Pakistan, Iran vow to eradicate terrorism

TEHRAN: The military leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan have agreed that terrorism is a common threat to the region, and both sides have vowed to eradicate it in the border areas.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations press release, the military commanders on both sides plan to eliminate terrorism through intelligence sharing and by exploring avenues for enhancing cooperation in the security domain.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir concluded his two-day visit to Iran on Sunday. During his visit, the COAS had detailed meetings with the Iranian military leadership including Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri.

The COAS also called on President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahain.

During discussions, the significance of Pakistan-Iran bilateral relations for regional peace and stability was highlighted.

Iranian agency Mehr News reported Raisi saying that Iran’s strategy was to transform security borders into safe economic borders and develop border markets and cooperation in the energy sector.

This would be achieved by improving relations with “neighbouring, aligned and Muslim countries is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of Iran”, he said.

“The implementation of bilateral agreements will further enhance economic and commercial cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and, as a result, improve the level of political relations between the two neighbours.”

The COAS was presented with the Guard of Honour by a contingent of Iranian Armed Forces at the Military Headquarters on his arrival.

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