Iran agrees to enhance security cooperation, intelligence sharing with Pakistan

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Pakistan and Iran on Tuesday agreed to enhance bilateral security cooperation and intelligence sharing following a meeting between Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Iran’s Defence Minister Brigadier Amir Hatami, the military’s media wing said.

Gen Bajwa also visited the headquarters of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) where he interacted with Iran’s senior military leadership, read a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the ISPR, both Iran and Pakistan agreed that they will not allow their land to be used against each other by any third party.

“In this regard, various steps will be taken which include establishing a communication hotline between the field commanders, fencing by Iran on their side of the border, coordinated border patrolling, intelligence sharing and more frequent interactions [between the forces of the two countries],” read the ISPR statement.

During his visit to IRGC, Gen Bajwa reportedly highlighted that following the improved special measures taken by Pakistan on the Pak-Afghan border, terrorists were likely to exploit the Pak-Iran border.

“Pak-Iran border is a border of peace and friendship, its exploitation by terrorists will not be allowed,” the army chief was quoted as saying.

According to ISPR, the Iranian minister acknowledged the achievements of Pakistan in the war against terrorism. “Iran’s policy is to develop cordial relations with neighbouring countries and Pakistan has a special place in the country’s foreign policy,” Hatami was quoted as saying by the ISPR.

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