Gen Bajwa And Iranian President Agree To Strengthen Security Ties

According to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani discussed subjects of mutual interests and “regional security environment” with the army chief. 

According to Iranian official newswire IRNA, Gen Bajwa assured President Rouhani that Pakistan was prepared to extend bilateral relationships in all fields.

Gen Bajwa meets Iranian President

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In a tweet, DG ISPR said, “COAS called on President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. Regional security environment and matters of mutual interest discussed. The President appreciated the role of Pakistan towards regional peace and successes of Pakistan Army against terrorism.”

Moreover, on the topic of border security, he said that Pakistani and Iranian executives had already held “good meetings” for additional border security.

As per Gen Ghafoor, the Iranian president hailed Pakistan’s contributions towards territorial peace and its struggle against terrorism. 

IRNA reported that Mr Rouhani also stressed on taking measures for enhancing bilateral trade. He also emphasised on promoting business-to-business connections and fulfilment of the gas pipeline. 

Iran and Pakistan are geographically contiguous countries. In fact, Iran was the first country to recognise Pakistan in the international arena.

However, the relationship between the two neighbouring countries went soared after the involvement of Saudi in the region. 

Moreover, Gen Bajwa and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif evaluated possibilities for establishing political, trade and military relations. 

The two also exchanged views on border security, the release of remaining Iranian border guards still held by terrorist groups and current regional developments including Afghanistan. 

Meantime, in his talk with Secretary National Security Council Mr Shamkhani, Gen Bajwa pledged to improve monitoring of Pak-Iran border. Moreover, he vowed to take actions against terrorist groups operating in the region. 

Gen Bajwa meets Iranian counterparts

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Gen Bajwa and Maj Gen Mousavi in their meeting deliberated ways to develop bilateral military cooperation and enhancing border security. Gen Mousavi proposed an exchange of military academy cadets between the two countries. 

Additionally, Gen Bajwa informed Gen Mousavi that because of mutual threats faced by the two countries, they needed to have closer collaboration for handling the challenges. 

Besides, Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a visit to Iran in April 2019 coupled with ISI chief Lt Gen Asim Munir. The PM discussed security cooperation with his counterpart. 

Pakistan and Iran had agreed to set up a joint swift reaction force for restraining terrorist activities along the 950km border. Additionally, Pakistan pledged to forbid groups that carry out attacks on Iran.

The relationship between Iran and Pakistan

Iran and Pakistan relations car pertinent for both the countries. Plus, the changing dynamics of politics and global power shift compel both the nations to stick together 

Iran has a close relationship with Russia, and Pakistan is a member of SCO. In the near future, Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran can play a significant role in global politics. 

Moreover, China and Pakistan need Iran for successful implementation of OBOR. Iran ha assured Pakistan of his goodwill regarding CPEC. 

Furthermore, Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline is what Pakistan needs on war-footings. Furthermore, the economy of the nation is drowning; improving the energy sector can yield extraordinary economic progress for Pakistan. 

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