Patience, tactful response and neutrality is our aim: Janjua

By Staff Reporter
Friday – March 2, 2018
ISLAMABAD: An Iranian delegation headed by Iran air force (IAF) commander brigadier general Hassan Shahsafi, accompanied by Iranian ambassador Mehdi Hoonardost, called on national security adviser (NSA) lieutenant general (R) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday, Janjua held that both Pakistan and Iran require deliberation and strategic patience to overcome the prevailing difficulties and to strengthen their bilateral relations and to move ahead together towards a brighter future.

According to an official statement, he reiterated that Pakistan, “without taking sides,” has played a positive and balanced role in the region and in the Muslim world.

They discussed options for improving the bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional security.

NSA Janjua warmly welcomed the guests and said that for Pakistan, “Iran is an important country.”

Iran is not only a neighbour but also a brotherly country from historic, cultural and religious perspectives. “We believe that Pakistan and Iran shared a common future and need to enhance their cooperation,” he added.

IAF commander Shahsafi reciprocated the same sentiments and agreed that Pakistan and Iran need to come as much close as possible.

He stressed on the importance of identifying and removing all the impediments affecting bilateral relations.

Janjua elaborated on the challenges faced by both the countries at regional and international levels and said that solution lies in the cooperative framework.

While discussing the prospects of peace and stability in Afghanistan, Shahsafi said that Iran shares Pakistan’s views and believes that peace in Afghanistan is prerequisite for peace in the region.

He stressed on the need of unity in the Muslim world, which is suffering the most these a day.

Janjua acknowledged the concerns of Shahsafi and highlighted the role of Pakistan in the region and in the Muslim world.

Both sides agreed to increase engagements at all levels in multiple areas including political, defence trade and economics.