TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and his Pakistani counterpart, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, voiced the two countries’ readiness to enhance cooperation in various security fields and counter-terrorism.
“The two countries reached a consensus on a comprehensive military framework for mutual cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism and the exchange of information,” Major General Baqeri and General Bajwa said in a joint statement issued at the end of a three-day visit to Pakistan by the Iranian top commander.
“The framework will focus specifically on the development of border coordination to achieve the goal of a peaceful and trade-friendly border and prevent illicit phenomena such as human and illicit drugs smuggling,” the statement added.
The two sides also reaffirmed their commitment and shared responsibility to promote and positively contribute to peace and stability across the region, especially against growing threat posed by transnational terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS or ISIL), according to the statement.
Major General Baqeri arrived in Pakistan on Monday for an official visit.
In remarks released after a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday, Major General Baqeri said during his visit to Pakistan, he has discussed topics such as military education, pilot training, military drills and links between the two countries’ defense industries.
Also on Tuesday, Baqeri held talks with Chief of Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on ways to boost maritime cooperation between the two countries and hold more joint naval drills.