TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif put forward plans for improving security along the common border with Pakistan and joint action by the two neighbors in the fight against criminal and terrorist groups.

In a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Wednesday, Zarif proposed a series of plans to strengthen security along the common border and hold joint operations in the fight against terrorist and criminal groups.

The top Iranian diplomat has travelled to Pakistan for talks on the fate of a number of Iranian border guards who have been abducted by a Pakistani-based terrorist group.

For his part, Qureshi highlighted the “friendly and brotherly” ties between Tehran and Islamabad, stressing the need for sharing intelligence in the battle against terrorism.

He also gave an assurance that Pakistan will make every effort to ensure security along the common border with Iran.

The two senior diplomats also discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.

Pakistani-based terrorists kidnapped 14 Iranian forces at a border post in Mirjaveh region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on October 15.

Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.