Pakistan, Iran agree to bolster bilateral relations

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Our Special Correspondent
Islamabad
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.
According to Iranian newswire IRNA General Bajwa mentioned that Pakistan is prepared to strengthen bilateral relations, adding that there are good meetings between Iranian and Pakistani officials to further secure their borders.
“Good and friendly ties with Pakistan are valuable assets that can help strengthen bilateral relations,” the newswire quoted Iranian president as saying during the meeting.
“Iran and Pakistan shouldn’t be ok with their current bilateral annual trade volume. The two should do more to increase their mutual trade,” said the President.
He added that Tehran is ready to finish work on a gas pipeline that has been laid until the Pakistani border, adding that Iran can help bring closer together Iranian and Pakistani tradesmen.
The COAS also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Both sides reviewed the avenues regarding strengthening bilateral relations in the politics, economics, and military areas.
“Also, the official discussed the security of the borders of the countries, the situation of the remaining Iranian border guards kidnapped by terrorist groups, joint cooperation, current developments in the region including in Afghanistan and other issues of mutual interest,” according IRNA.
General Bajwa also met with the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and Army Chief Major General Abdul Rahim Mousavi, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on Tuesday.
“Regional security environment and bilateral defence cooperation discussed,” the ISPR DG said.
According to IRNA, the Iranian senior official said that Iran is willing to strengthen relations and cooperation with the regional countries, especially the neighbours.
General Bajwa reached Tehran on Monday as part of Pakistan’s continuing efforts aimed at defusing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
There has been a flurry of high-level exchanges between the two countries in recent months, with focus on brokering some kind of a deal between Tehran and Riyadh.