News ID: 233641
Published: 0412 GMT October 31, 2018

Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Zarif discuss bilateral ties, border guards

Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Zarif discuss bilateral ties, border guards

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met on Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties as well as measures to secure the release of Iranian border guards abducted by a Pakistan-based terrorist group.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed plans for combatting insecurity along the common border, IRNA reported.

The top Iranian diplomat and Imran Khan also weighed plans to enhance energy cooperation and interaction for resolving regional conflicts, as those in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Zarif arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday to pursue the fate of the 12 Iranian forces abducted by the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group during an overnight ambush in the southeastern city of Mirjaveh on October 15.

Upon arrival in the Pakistani capital, Zarif said, “There is need for constant negotiation with Pakistani officials so that the abductees’ return to their homeland can be secured.”

Pakistani officials have promised that their government would exert every effort to secure the release of the kidnapped Iranians, he added.

Also during his talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad, Zarif discussed the release of abducted border guards.

Zarif appreciated the goodwill and efforts made by the Pakistani authorities and highlighted the necessity of implementing previous agreements with the political and military officials of the country.

The Pakistani top diplomat underlined the friendship of the two countries and called for boosting communications and sharing information to address concerns.

“The security of Iran means that of Pakistan, and we make all our efforts to address security concerns,” said Qureshi, IFP reported.

The two ministers also emphasized the need to boost economic, political, cultural and educational cooperation.

Later in the day, the Iranian top diplomat held negotiations with Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The two sides conferred on joint efforts and cooperation to ensure the security of Iran-Pakistan borders.



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