COAS Bajwa says enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation will improve regional security

  • Iran's army chief pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries and also condemned recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan
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RAWALPINDI – Major General Dr. Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff Iranian Armed Forces along with a high-level delegation visited GHQ and called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security, defence cooperation and Pak-Iran border management were discussed.

COAS emphasized the need to further enhance military to military cooperation between the two Armed Forces. COAS said that enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation will have a positive impact on peace and security in the region.

Visiting dignitary pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries and also condemned recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

The visit of Iran’s top military officer comes after Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China recently agreed to join efforts in fighting Daesh, or the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) in the neighbouring Afghanistan.

The quartet also agreed on confronting “all other terrorists groups” in the Central Asian country.

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The meeting also discussed ways to stop the infiltration of Daesh terrorists from Iraq and Syria into Afghanistan. The participants further agreed to share intelligence towards fighting terror.

Around 10,000 Daesh terrorists were functioning actively in nine provinces in Afghanistan.

Pakistani army chief Bajwa visited Tehran last November after 10 Iranian border guards were killed and two others injured in an ambush near the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Balochistan, which borders Pakistan.

The upcoming visit by Baqeri is also expected to feature assessment of the progress made in the implementation of the agreements reached between the two countries during Bajwa’s visit.