ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Monday and discussed bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Iran.
Senior Officials from both sides were present in the meeting.
Underscoring the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Iran, the Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to deepen and broaden the existing wide-ranging cooperation with Iran.
Jilani underlined the imperative for collective and collaborative approaches to confront terrorism that posed a common challenge to both Pakistan and Iran. He stressed that robust institutional mechanisms between the two Countries on security cooperation should be fully leveraged.
The two foreign ministers agreed to immediately appoint liaison officers in Turbat and Zahidan to further strengthen ongoing security and intelligence cooperation.
Noting that security and development are intrinsically interlinked, the two foreign ministers agreed to expand initiatives for economic and development cooperation including through early operationalization of the joint border markets to uplift the socio-economic status of the people of both countries, especially those residing in the border regions.
The two sides also decided to establish a Joint Coordination Mechanism at the level of foreign ministers to oversee and steer progress on common agenda for prosperity and development of the two peoples.
Regular high-level engagements provide a leadership driven impetus to the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran.
In this backdrop, the Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani renewed invitation to honourable President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi to undertake a visit to Pakistan.
The Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian arrived in Islamabad last night at the invitation of his Pakistani Counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani.
The visiting dignitary was received at the Nur Khan airbase by the Additional Foreign Secretary (Afghanistan and West Asia) Rahim Hayat Qureshi.
The Iranian foreign minister will also hold comprehensive talks with the Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar Ul Haq Kakar to enhance bilateral dialogue and engagement and to further strengthen Pakistan-Iran relations.