Ali Shamkhani says the Islamic Republic will “spare no effort” to improve security and stability in Pakistan

July 26, 2016 4:30 pm

Secretary of ’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme
National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says the Islamic Republic
will “spare no effort” to improve security and stability in .

“The
Islamic Republic of Iran regards [the establishment of] a developed and
stable Pakistan as the guarantee of its own security and will spare no
effort in this regard,” Shamkhani said in the second round of official
talks with Naseer Khan Janjua, Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif on National Security, in Tehran on Tuesday.
He added that
Tehran and Islamabad have managed to make progress in negotiations about
ways to combat the threat of terrorism and its spread in the region.
The
SNSC secretary noted that grounds have been prepared for the two
countries’ national security councils to improve bilateral, regional and
international cooperation.
Janjua, for his part, said Tehran and
Islamabad must make joint efforts to remove obstacles in the way of
strengthening cooperation.
He added that his country has always
attached importance to a genuine and unrelenting fight against terrorism
and destabilizing factors and welcomes bolstering cooperation with
Iran.
The Pakistani security official is in Tehran for a three-day
official visit. The first round of talks between Shamkhani and Janjua
was held on Monday.
Janjua on Monday also held separate meetings
with Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and Ali Akbar
Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs.
In February 2013,
Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both
countries agreed to cooperate in preventing and combating organized
crime and fight against terrorism and activities posing a threat to
national security of the two counties.
Iran has repeatedly called
on its eastern neighbors to rein in terrorists who cross the borders to
carry out terror attacks on the Iranian soil. Iranian forces have
recently engaged in clashes with terror groups, thwarting their
terrorist activities on the border and within the country, arresting
several of them and confiscating large amounts of explosives and
bomb-making materials.
On July 6, four Iranian border guards were
killed in an ambush by terrorists in Sistan and Baluchestan, which
borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In June, a police officer and
five members of the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group were killed in
the city of Khash of the same province.
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