Iran and Pakistan held 23rd meeting of their joint border commission in Pakistan’s city of Quetta on Wednesday.
Representatives from different Iranian organizations, especially from Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province, are part of the 20-member delegation who would discuss various issues with Pakistani officials during the three-day meeting, according to IRNA.
Iran’s Consul General in Quetta Mohammad Rafiee told the official news agency on Tuesday that the two sides would make important decisions on border issues, counterterrorism measures, illegal trade, drug smuggling, illegal border crossing and human trafficking.
Head of Pakistan’s delegation Mir Ziaullah Lango, who is the provincial home minister of Pakistani Balochestan, addressed the session on Wednesday and said that focus on the two neighbors’ joint economic and security interests was Islamabad’s top priority.
He called for the elimination of terrorism, weapons and narcotics smuggling, as well as human trafficking through effective measures. Lango added that terrorist elements are putting the peace and stability of the two countries’ common border at risk.
The two countries formed the joint commission to consult all border-related issues in order to enhance coordination at different levels. The first session of the commission was held in Tehran last July.
The 959km border between the two countries links Pakistan's Balochestan Province to Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan.
The border region has witnessed several attacks by terrorists on Iranian guards in recent years.
Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terror groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On October 15, 2018, terrorists of the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl group based in Pakistan infiltrated Iran and took 14 Iranian border guards hostage.
A number of the border guards have been released so far, but three of them are still in captivity.