A rmy Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said terrorists are common enemies of both the countries and they would not be allowed to exploit the Pak-Iran border.

He said this during his meetings with Iranian military and civil leadership including the President Hassan Rouhani, Chief Of General Staff Major General Muhammad Bagheri and Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif.

During the meetings, Iranian leadership acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices, contributions and positive role towards peace and stability in the region.

Army Chief held meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at presidential palace and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at ministry of foreign affairs.

Iranian leadership thanked the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for his visit and acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and achievements in war against terror, contributions towards regional peace and the important positive role that Pakistan is playing in this regard.

During the meetings, Army Chief discussed issues related to geo-strategic environment, Defence & security and economic cooperation at bilateral as well as regional level.

Afghan situation, growing threat of ISIS in the region and Pak-Iran border security also came under discussion.

Chief of the Army Staff, General Bajwa termed Pak-Iran border as border of peace and friendship and emphasized its better security management so as to deny its exploitation by the terrorists being a common enemy.

Both sides agreed to further the proposals for its formalization.

General Bajwa said that Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly neighbors with shared history, culture and religion.

Both armies also have history of Defence collaboration and cooperation which has great mutually benefiting potential for its enhancement.

Leaders of both sides agreed to stay engaged for enhanced bilateral cooperation while jointly working to assist in bringing positive developments in other issues concerning the region.

Army Chief also met Iranian Chief of General Staff Major General Muhammad Bagheri at General Staff HQ where he was presented guard of Honour and he laid floral wreath at martyrs monument.

During the meeting General Bajwa also held delegation level talks with Major General Bagheri.

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