Mar 15, 2019 15:52 UTC
  • Iran, Pakistan urge de-escalation of regional tensions

Iran and Pakistan have stressed the importance of promoting peace in the region and solving tensions through nonviolent approaches.

In a phone conversation on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation.

"Iran & Pakistan are close neighbors and friends. We agreed to strengthen our cooperation in all fields inc. fighting terrorism," the Iranian diplomat said in a post on his official Twitter account.

Tehran calls for de-escalation of tension and "peaceful resolution of Pakistan-India conflict," the Iranian diplomat said.

The recent clashes between India and Pakistan were triggered after a February 14 bombing that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in the northern region of Kashmir, which is claimed by both countries. A Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for the attack and India accused Pakistan of complicity - a charge Pakistan denies.

The tensions reached a peak late last month, when India said it had conducted “preemptive” airstrikes against what it described as a militant training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last Friday vowed to crack down on Pakistan-based terrorist groups carrying out attacks abroad, following deadly attacks by such outfits in India and Iran.

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