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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Iran’s Raisi, COAS Discuss Border Security and Cooperation

The discussions between the two leaders primarily centered on topics of mutual interest, particularly regional peace, stability, and border security.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir held a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, underlining the importance of “enhanced coordination” against terrorism, as per a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.

The ISPR statement highlighted that COAS Munir referred to the Pak-Iran border as “a border of peace and friendship,” stressing the necessity of improved coordination along the border to prevent terrorists from disrupting the longstanding brotherly ties between the two neighboring nations.

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The discussions between the two leaders primarily centered on topics of mutual interest, particularly regional peace, stability, and border security.

The ISPR statement further stated that both parties agreed on the imperative need to strengthen bilateral cooperation while collectively working towards regional stability and economic prosperity.

During the meeting, President Raisi emphasized that through fostering cooperation between the two armed forces, Islamabad and Tehran could achieve peace and stability for both their nations and the wider region.

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President Raisi’s Official Visit to Pakistan Iranian President Raisi commenced his three-day official visit to Pakistan on Monday, marking the first visit by any foreign leader following the February 8 polls.

Accompanied by his spouse and a high-level delegation comprising the foreign minister, cabinet members, senior officials, and a substantial business delegation, Raisi’s visit holds significance.

Upon his arrival at the Prime Minister’s House for a meeting with PM Shehbaz Sharif on April 22, President Raisi received a guard of honor from impeccably dressed contingents of the armed forces.

Welcoming the esteemed guest, the prime minister hosted a formal welcome ceremony, followed by the rendition of the national anthems of both countries.

In the next phase of his visit, President Raisi is scheduled to travel to Lahore.

Subsequently, he will proceed to Karachi for meetings with Governor Kamran Tessori and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. Additionally, he will visit Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi to pay his respects to Pakistan’s founder.

President Raisi will conclude his visit by returning to Tehran on Wednesday.

Given the significance of the visit, provincial authorities have heightened security measures, declaring a public holiday in Karachi and Lahore for the day.