0103 GMT February 20, 2019
Referring to his recent trip to Pakistan, Zarif said the Pakistani officials, including the prime minister, foreign minister and commander of Pakistan’s Army, promised to step up their efforts to secure the release of the abducted border guards, IRNA reported.
The officials promised to have good news for Iran in the future, the top Iranian diplomat added.
“During the trip to Pakistan, we agreed to take measures to prevent vicious acts (in border areas) in the long term,” he said, adding that closer cooperation in securing common borders is among the agreements.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour also traveled to Pakistan on October 22 to pursue the issue of the Iranian border guards.
The Pakistan-based terrorists kidnapped 12 Iranian forces at a border post in Mirjaveh region in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on October 15.
Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.