Iran security official’s trip to Pakistan to serve region
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 28
By Mehdi Sepahvand, Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:
An Iranian MP has said the present trip by the country's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shmakhani to neighboring Pakistan will serve the security concerns of the region.
Since Iran and Pakistan have long borders together security meetings between officials on two sides can be of great effect, Nasser Kashani, Sistan-Baluchestan representative to the Iranian Parliament, told Trend Oct. 28.
Upon arrival in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad earlier today, Shamkhani told reporters that Pakistan enjoys a key position in the region, noting that Tehran-Islamabad cooperation can contribute to promotion of stability and security in the region, particularly in the eastern part of the Middle East.
He added that he would discuss with Pakistani officials further enhancement of bilateral ties.
Kashani noted that Pakistan has a powerful army and cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad can help tackle terrorist attacks on Iran's border that take place every now and then.
He said Iran is neighbors with 15 countries and due to relative security and stability it can play a key role in the region.
The MP further said by securing the borders, business opportunities in the area of his representation would be helped.
According to Kashani, security is vital to the livelihood of the people of Sistan-Baluchestan since the area lacks major economic infrastructure and a business-friendly environment the only option for many people's livelihood is to enter the trade market at the border.
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.
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.
But terrorist ventures into the Iranian soil have continued into recent months.
On July 11, Commander of Iran's Border Police Brigadier General Qassem Rezaei said a terrorist group had attempted to cross the border into Iran from Pakistan. The border forces engaged in clashes with the terrorists and managed to smash the terror group, the commander said.
Edited by CN