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COAS Qamar Bajwa calls on Iranian counterpart, foreign minister in Tehran

COAS Qamar Bajwa calls on Iranian counterpart, foreign minister in Tehran
November 6, 2017
TEHRAN (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qarnar Javed Bajwa met Iranian Military and Civilian leadership during his ongoing visit to Iran on Monday. COAS met Iranian Chief of General Staff (CGS) Major General Muhammad Baqeri at General Staff HQ where he was presented guard of honour and he laid a floral wreath at martyrs’ monument. The delegation level talks were held. The COAS also held meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zaif at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at Presidential Palace. The Iranian leadership thanked the COAS 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, COAS discussed issues related to geo strategic environment, defence and security and economic cooperation at bilateral as well as regional level. The Afghan situation, growing threat of ISIS in the region and Pak-Iran border security also came under discussion. The COAS 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. The COAS 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.