Oct 13, 2021 17:57 UTC
  • Gen. Baqeri, Imran Khan discuss promotion of defense cooperation, regional issues

Iran’s top military commander and the Pakistani prime minister have called for further expansion of ties, including promotion of border security and defense cooperation.

The ژhairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, who is in Pakistan on an official visit, held talks with Imran Khan on Wednesday to discuss a host of issues, including bilateral relations.

During the meeting, Imran Khan pointed to his last month’s meeting with President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, and reaffirmed Islamabad’s commitment to further bolster ties with Tehran, in border, economic, military and security issues.

The top Iranian general, for his part, described as significant his meetings earlier in the day with Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa. 

Baqeri said that Tehran and Islamabad needed to shore up their close cooperation, adding that the two neighbors have witnessed significant progress in relations over the past years.

The two sides also conferred on major regional developments, including in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani premier stressed that there is no military solution to Afghanistan’s problems, calling for the formation of an inclusive government comprising of all Afghan groups.

Earlier on Wednesday, Baqeri also met with General Bajwa, during which they discussed a range of issues such as defense ties between the two neighboring countries.

During the meeting, they expressed confidence in the growing trend of military, security and border interactions between Iran and Pakistan in recent years and vowed to advance their contacts.

They also reviewed the latest developments in bilateral relations, defense ties and regional developments, including Afghanistan.

Baqeri is also expected to meet with Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza.

The ongoing developments in neighboring Afghanistan have been a major concern for both Iran and Pakistan.