Iran, Pakistan to boost security co-op
Iran and Pakistan are set to hold a joint security commission in the near future, Iran's Ambassador to Islamabad Mashallah Shakeri has announced, Press TV reported.
The decision to establish the security commission between the two states was finalized in a recent meeting between the Iranian envoy and Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, IRNA reported on Sunday.
"In the meeting, Pakistan's interior minister welcomed the expansion of security cooperation with Iran and declared Islamabad's readiness to address security concerns of the Islamic Republic," the Iranian diplomat said.
Malik, for his part, expressed gratitude for Iran's humanitarian assistance to the flood-stricken people of his country, saying that the Iranian nation's aid packages were supplied to the displaced Pakistanis.
The Iranian consignment, worth $10 million and weighing 3,000 tons, including food, tents, blankets, medicine, home appliances, and water was transported by 150 trucks and 30 freight cars, according to Iran's interior ministry.
The latest official figures show the flooding, the worst natural disaster to hit Pakistan, has affected more than 17 million people and claimed the lives of at least 1,760 others.
Shakeri also noted the Iranian private sector's readiness for partnership in the reconstruction of Pakistan's flood-ravaged areas.
"Tehran announced its willingness to provide Islamabad with technical and engineering assistance to reconstruct the flood-stricken regions of Pakistan."
The Iranian official also extended an invitation to the Pakistani interior minister to visit Iran.