The 22nd Iran-Pakistan joint border meetings began in the southern Iranian city of Zahedan on Monday.
The convention is attended by Iranian and Pakistani delegations, IRNA reported.
The Iranian delegation is headed by Deputy Governor General for Security and Disciplinary Affairs of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province Mohammad-Hadi Mar’ashi while Chief Secretary of Pakistan’s Balochistan Province Ahmad Nazir heads the Pakistani sides.
Commenting on the long history of friendly ties between Iran and Pakistan on the first day of the meetings, Mar’ashi said, “The people of the two countries also have close cultural and social relations and even kinship relationships.”
“The two Muslim neighboring countries have cultural, historical and religious commonalities as well as many common economic interests. Expansion of bilateral relations can lead to an economic boom and improved security in southeastern parts of Iran and Pakistan’s Balochistan Province,” he added.
Mar’ashi noted that Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province and Pakistan’s Balochistan cannot be separated from each other as in the past the two regions constituted a single area and the people of the two zones still have kinship relationships with each other.”
He said since the people of the two provinces have constant interactions with each other in view of their ethnic and religious commonalities, it is essential to ensure security in the region to facilitate expansion of relations.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mar’ashi expressed hope that the decisions made in this meeting will have positive effects on relations between the two countries’.
The two-day meeting is attended by the two countries’ heads of security bodies, foreign ministry and customs officials as well as border cities’ governors.
In addition to Iran-Pakistan’s 921 kilometers of joint land borders, the special geographic location of the two countries have enabled them to play critical roles in guaranteeing the region’s security.
On October 15, the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group infiltrated Iran from the Pakistani side of the border and took hostage 12 border guards, local Basij forces, and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) members.
On November 22, five of the Iranian border guards who had been abducted by terrorists returned home following consultations with Pakistani diplomatic and military officials.
In recent years, terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan have launched several attacks on Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.