Pakistan and Iran's military leaders agreed to further improve bilateral defence cooperation and work together as a joint effort to tackle terrorism that remains a common enemy, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly countries and our close cooperation is vital for regional peace and stability,” Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was quoted as saying by the ISPR while meeting with Chief of General Staff (CGS) of Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri.
Major General Mohammad Bagheri expressed the desire for further strengthening the bilateral military to military ties particularly in counter-terrorism and training domains.
Earlier, upon arrival at the Joint Staff Headquarters, a tri-services contingent presented ‘Guard of Honour’ to the visiting dignitary.
Meeting with CJCSC
Major General Mohammad Bagheri also called on General Nadeem Raza, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi.
"During the meeting, both deliberated upon various areas of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation including defence and security, counter-terrorism and the prevailing regional environment particularly with reference to Afghanistan," the ISPR said.
They dilated upon measures to enhance the level and scope of military engagements between both countries and pledged to continue to forge deeper ties.
Both sides highlighted that common borders should be “Borders of Peace and Friendship.”
Chairman JCSC said that in pursuit of closer military and strategic cooperation both countries share a common perception on all national and international issues.
The Iranian CGS lauded the professionalism of the Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
The visit of the Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran marks a new stage in strengthening the military, defense and security relations between the two brotherly countries, Chairman JCSC added.