Iran and Pakistan stressed that security in the region should only be ensured by regional countries.
During a meeting between the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Pakistan’s naval and security officials based in the country’s southern port city of Karachi, both sides discussed various issues including security in the region, IRNA reported.
Both sides agreed that the security of the region should be ensured only by the countries of the region.
The military officials of the two neighboring countries also discussed the importance of navigation security at the common maritime borders and joint military exercises.
They also agreed on providing mutual training in various fields, transfer of maritime experiences, as well as the removal of barriers to the fight against drug smuggling, maritime trafficking as well as the fight against terrorism.
Tehran and Islamabad also agreed to cooperate in the field of manufacturing, repair and maintenance of ships and submarines.
At the head of a high-ranking military delegation, Baqeri arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday at the invitation of the Pakistan Army chief for a three-day visit. It is Baqeri’s second official visit to Pakistan over the past three years, during which he held separate meetings with several political and military officials of Pakistan.
On Thursday, Baqeri, held a meeting with Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi in Islamabad.
The two commanders talked about issues of mutual interest and the latest status of relations between Iran and Pakistan, including their naval cooperation.
They also discussed maritime security in the region and a wide range of other security developments.
The Iranian top military general on Wednesday held talks with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, where both officials called for bolstering cooperation.
Baqeri said the two nations need to foster their cooperation, including on border security, which has been enhanced significantly in recent years.
Imran Khan said Pakistan is committed to further develop relations with Iran, especially in the economic, military and security sectors.
Earlier in the day, Baqeri held a meeting with Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the city of Rawalpindi during which the two ranking officers exchanged views on a range of issues including defense ties.
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.