Iran praises effective Pak-Iran border management

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – March 13, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif called on prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday, Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for strengthening border management to prevent illegal cross border activities.

According to official statements, Zarif also met with foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif whereat both strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and appreciated increased cooperation in border security.

To facilitate movement of people and goods across the border, it was agreed to expedite operationalisation of “two new border crossings”.

Both exchanged views on important developments on regional and international peace and security and supported political resolution of the Afghan conflict for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Expressing concerns about growing presence of ‘Daesh’ in Afghanistan and its implications for regional security, the two sides underlined the need for further cooperation against “trans-national terrorist groups”.

Both agreed to continue engagement for enhancing economic cooperation including bilateral trade, investments and commercial interaction to promote shared prosperity.

They reiterated their resolve to achieve the target of five billion dollars by 2021 through regular exchange of trade delegations, establishing banking channels, holding trade exhibitions and addressing tariff and non-tariff barriers. They further resolved to conclude the “free trade agreement (FTA)” on priority.

In his meeting with PM Abbasi, Zarif was told of incumbent regime’s commitment to work to resolve the issues in implementation of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project including the financing of pipeline infrastructure and the scope of snap back clause.

Abbasi said that Pakistan was working towards realising the vision of a peaceful and inter-connected region, for shared progress and prosperity, and believes that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is vital for economic progress of the region, Pakistan and Iran.

He held that the two neighbouring countries can make important contributions for achieving this objective.

Abbasi thanked the Iranian leadership for their steadfast support to the principled struggle of Kashmiris. Zarif appreciated the increasing high level interaction between the two countries. He said the mutual efforts of the two countries have resulted into enhanced economic and people-to-people interaction, which should be further strengthened.

In his meeting with foreign minister Asif, both underlined that as two brotherly neighbouring countries Iran and Pakistan will deepen connectivity between the two sister ports of “Gawadar and Chahbahar” to benefit from their complementarities.

Pakistan and Iran reiterated support for the peaceful struggle of the peoples of Palestine and Kashmir for their right to self-determination. The two countries also emphasised the need for honouring of the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) commitments by all parties.