Written By: Hilal Desk


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• Meets Iranian military and civilian leadership
• Positive developments for bilateral cooperation
• Pakistan and Iranian Army agree on enhanced bilateral security cooperation
• Border of Peace and Friendship

 

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Iran from November 5 to November 7, 2017. During the visit he held meeting with top Iranian civil and military leadership and discussed issues of mutual interest to further strengthen the bilateral relations between two brotherly Muslim countries.


On November 6, 2017, COAS met Iranian Chief of General Staff (CGS) Major General Muhammad Bagheri at General Staff HQ where he was presented guard of honour and laid floral wreath at Martyrs Monument. Delegation level talks were also held.


COAS also held meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Presidential Palace.


Iranian leadership thanked COAS for his visit and acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and achievements in the war against terror, contributions towards regional peace and the important positive role that Pakistan is playing in this regard.


During the meetings, COAS discussed issues related to geo-strategic environment, defence and security and economic cooperation at bilateral as well as regional level. Afghan situation, growing threat of ISIS in the region and Pak-Iran border security also came under discussion.


COAS termed Pak-Iran international border as ‘Border of Peace and Friendship’ and emphasized its better security management so as to deny its exploitation by the terrorists being a common enemy. Both sides agreed to further the proposals for its formalization.


COAS has said that Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly neighbors with shared history, culture and religion. Both armies also have history of defence collaboration and cooperation which has great mutually benefiting potential for its enhancement.


Leaders of both sides agreed to stay engaged for enhanced bilateral cooperation while jointly working to assist in bringing positive developments in other issues concerning the region.

 

Border of Peace and Friendship

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No third party will be allowed to use Pakistan-Iran soil against each other

coasvisittoiran2.jpgOn November 7, COAS met Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and visited Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) HQ where he interacted with their senior leadership. Iranian Defence Minister thanked COAS for his visit, acknowledged achievements of Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism and expressed his country’s willingness to enhance defence cooperation. He said that ‘our policy is to develop relations with our neighbors and Pakistan has a special place in Iranian foreign policy’.


COAS highlighted that with improved special measures by Pakistan on Pak-Afghan border, ‘terrorists are likely to exploit Pak-Iran friendly border and both countries need to put in efforts to deny its use by them’.


Both sides agreed to ensure that their soil is not used by any third party against any of the two countries. In this regard steps including establishment of hotline communication between the field commanders along Pak-Iran border, fencing by Iran on their side of the border, coordinated border patrolling, intelligence sharing and more frequent interactions were agreed upon.

 

‘our relations with Iran are not at the cost of our relations with any other country and vice versa’.

 

DG ISPR and Gen Staff Officer Iranian Army Address Joint Press Conference in Tehran

coasvisittoiran3.jpgDirector General Inter-Services Public Relations and Gen Staff Officer Iranian Army addressed joint press conference at Tehran, Iran on November 7, 2017. Major General Asif Ghafoor briefed Iranian media about Pakistan’s efforts, achievements and sacrifices in war against terror and towards regional peace. Salient points of the press conference are:
 
 
 

Maj General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR

• COAS has brought message of friendship and cooperation. General Qamar Javed Bajwa has termed Pak-Iran Border as ‘Border of Peace and Friendship’.
• Pakistan wishes peace in Afghanistan and supports all initiatives towards this end. We have done everything on Pakistan’s side of the border. There are no terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan.
• ISIS is growing in Afghanistan as a threat to the region. A regional approach is required to defeat this threat.
• Pakistan has taken effective measures on Pak-Afghan border. Terrorists are likely to exploit friendly Pak-Iran border. Enhanced Pak-Iran border security is in mutual interest.
• Pakistan's soil will not be used against any country including Iran. Iran has given the same commitment.
• Thanked Iranian supreme leader for his supportive statement on Kashmir. Kashmir is a long pending dispute between India and Pakistan. Regional peace and security remains at stake unless it is resolved to the aspiration of Kashmiris in line with UN Resolutions.
• Pakistan and Iranian Army leadership have agreed to continue bilateral engagements for enhanced security cooperation.
• Pakistan has stated that ‘our relations with Iran are not at the cost of our relations with any other country and vice versa’. We greatly value our relations with Iran which have a positive history bonded by history, culture and religion.
• Pakistan Armed Forces are capable to thwart any threat with support of Pakistani nation. In Pakistan we say that prerogative of declaring jihad rests only with state and Armed Forces are the state’s instrument for its application against anti-state elements.
At the end of the Conference, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said, "The Pakistani delegation is leaving Iran with positive feelings and strengthened relations."

Iranian Spokesperson

• Acknowledged successful visit.
• Supportive of suggestions made by COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
• Assured that ‘Iranian soil shall not be used against Pakistan’.

 
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