Pakistan, Iran agree to form Joint working groups to strengthen bilateral relations

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ISLAMABAD: Iranian Interior Minister Dr. Ahmed Vahidi along with his nine-member delegation arrived in Pakistan on Monday on a daylong visit.

Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed received the distinguished guest at Nur Khan Air Base. Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and other senior officials were also present at the airport.

Issues of the prisoner swap and Pak-Iran border management would come under discussion during the talks. Pakistan and Iran have agreed to form joint working groups to strengthen bilateral relations.

The understanding was reached in a joint declaration issued after the meeting of a nine-member visiting Iranian delegation led by Interior Minister Dr. Ahmad Vahidi with Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Islamabad today.

The two sides agreed to set up markets on Pak-Iran borders and increase the number of border terminals.

The two sides also exchanged views on completing fencing work on the Pak-Iran border at the earliest.

It was agreed that the territory of Pakistan and Iran should not be used for terrorist activities against each other.

The meeting also discussed the regional security situation, the looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, and other important issues.

It also discussed prisoner exchanges and facilitating zaaireen.

Ways to prevent illegal human immigration and drug trafficking were also discussed during the meeting.

On the occasion, the Iranian Interior Minister strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and said his country considers a terrorist attack on Pakistan as an attack on Iran.

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