The Foreign Minister of KSA called on Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on December 19, 2021, to discuss matters of mutual interest, regional security, the current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral defence relations. COAS thanked the KSA leadership for convening the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad. He said that this session of the OIC is extremely important to channelise international efforts and save Afghanistan from the looming security and humanitarian crisis. COAS reiterated that Pakistan values its historical and brotherly relations with KSA and acknowledges the Kingdom’s unique place in the Islamic world. He also emphasized that the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute is essential for stability in South Asia. COAS said that Pakistan wants cordial ties with all its neighbors in pursuit of regional peace and prosperity. The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play his part for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.
Foreign Minister of Iran, Mr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, also met Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on December 19, 2021. Geostrategic environment, particularly the situation in Afghanistan, defence and security cooperation were discussed during the meeting. The Pak-Iran border security mechanism also came under discussion.
COAS said that Pakistan and Iran are brotherly neighbors with a shared history, culture and religion. Defence collaboration between the two countries has been strengthening over the years, he reiterated. Referring to the OIC’s extraordinary session, COAS termed it a historic development for addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and bringing the international community towards a shared vision and formulating a joint strategy to find a solution for the emerging challenges in the region that is vital for peace and stability.
The Iranian Foreign Minister acknowledged Pakistan’s contributions towards regional peace and the important role that Pakistan is playing in this regard.
Both sides agreed to stay engaged for enhanced bilateral cooperation while jointly working to assist in bringing positive developments in issues concerning the region, particularly in terms of efforts to mitigate the challenges being faced by the people of Afghanistan.
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