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Pakistan, Iran discuss boosting military cooperation

Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri speaks during the the International Conference on the Legal-International Claims of the Holy Defense in the capital Tehran on 23 February 2021. [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]
Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri speaks during the the International Conference on the Legal-International Claims of the Holy Defense in the capital Tehran on 23 February 2021. [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]

Pakistani Chief of Staff, Nadeem Raza, and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Bagheri, met yesterday in Pakistan's capital Islamabad to discuss mutual cooperation.

The Pakistani army said in a statement that the two commanders had reached a "consensus to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries during their meeting."

The army added that the meeting had also discussed "various regional issues, especially bilateral cooperation in the field of defense and security, combating terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan."

The statement pointed out that the two officials had pledged to "deepen the military cooperation between Pakistan and Iran," stressing that the common borders should be "borders of peace and brotherhood."

On his part, Raza said that Bagheri's visit represented a "new stage in strengthening the military, defence and security relations between Pakistan and Iran."

Bagheri was also reported to have met with the commander of Pakistani ground forces, Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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