News ID: 256020
Published: 1008 GMT July 19, 2019

Iran, Pakistan agree to further strengthen border cooperation

Iran, Pakistan agree to further strengthen border cooperation

Iran and Pakistan agreed to further strengthen border cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to expedite opening of new border crossings.

The agreement was reached in the second session of Pakistan-Iran Higher Border Commission (HBC) held in Islamabad on Thursday, IRNA reported.

During the session, the two sides held constructive discussions on effective implementation of existing border mechanisms within the relevant frameworks, including Agreement for Administration of Pakistan-Iran border of 1960.

Both parties also emphasized the necessity for updating border maps and border pillar descriptions and carrying out joint border mapping.

The two sides also emphasized the importance of tightening control of the border by making appropriate measures, including building fence.

The HBC is established by the two neighbors with the aim of having consultations on all border-related issues in order to enhance coordination at different levels.

The first session of the commission was held in Tehran on July 17, 2017. Pakistan and Iran enjoy brotherly relations which are deep-rooted in historical, religious, cultural ties and strong people-to-people contacts. The two countries share more than 900 km long common border.

Iran-Pakistan border has been the scene of several terrorist attacks in recent years.

In recent years, anti-Iran terrorist groups based in Pakistan’s soil have launched several terrorist attacks against Iranian border guards, which have claimed the lives of several Iranian forces.

Tehran has repeatedly urged Islamabad to strengthen security on the border to prevent such attacks against Iranian forces.






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