The President of Iran called for increased cooperation with neighboring Pakistan in managing their borders.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for increased cooperation with neighboring Pakistan in managing the two countries’ borders as well as the Afghan peace process, his office said.
Rouhani met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday.
“Security is a common concern of the two countries and developing relations in this regard is urgent,” said Mr. Rouhani.
The Pakistan-Iran border is about 800km (497 miles) long along Pakistan west and east of Iran, and has become the site of many security incidents, primarily targeting Iranian forces, in the near years. here.
On Wednesday, the two countries inaugurated a third border gate at Mand-Pishin as part of an initiative to increase trade between neighboring countries.
“The opening of the international border gate at Mand-Pishin will facilitate pedestrian movement and increase bilateral trade,” said Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry after Qureshi’s meeting with President Rouhani .
Mr. Rouhani also criticized the US military’s presence in Afghanistan, saying it was detrimental to regional security and that the request for more cooperation with Pakistan in the Afghan peace process is stalled.
“Iran and Pakistan, as Afghanistan’s two most important and effective neighbors, should strengthen cooperation and interaction to develop the peace process in this country,” Rouhani said.
Qureshi also met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday, with the initiative to establish more border markets on the agenda.
“[Zarif] said three existing border markets and six expected to be established will boost the border trade of the two countries and have a positive impact on the lives of people in the region, ”IRNA official news agency said. of Iran said.
The two foreign ministers also discussed “fighting organized crime and ending illegal immigration” across the Pakistan-Iran border, IRNA said.
Speaking at an event at the Pakistani embassy in Tehran, Qureshi also called on Iran to join Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s campaign against Islamism.
“The [Pakistani] The Foreign Minister appreciated Iran’s support for Pakistan’s initiative to combat Islamic fear, ”a statement by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry was released after Qureshi’s meeting with the speaker. Iranian parliament, Muhammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
“It has been agreed to proceed together on the issue of fear of Islamophobia and preserve the respect of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him).”
This week, Prime Minister Khan calling on Muslim countries unity urges Europe and other countries to criminalize insulting the Prophet Muhammad of Islam.
Asad Hashim is digital correspondent for Al Jazeera in Pakistan. He tweeted @AsadHashim.