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The 8th round of Pakistan-Iran Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Foreign Office today. The Pakistan side was led by Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Ibrahim Rahimpour led the Iranian delegation.

The consultations focused on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political exchanges, trade and economic cooperation, IP gas pipeline project, energy collaboration, and border security cooperation.

Consistent with the vision of the leadership in both countries, it was agreed to take further practical steps for comprehensive up-gradation of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. A special emphasis was laid, as already agreed by the leadership in Pakistan and Iran, on forging an economic-intensive partnership.

The two sides also reviewed the recent border incidents and reiterated their firm resolve to maintain a tranquil Pakistan-Iran border. It was agreed to ensure effective border controls – including through enhanced communications and coordination between the relevant focal authorities on both sides and frequent exchanges and meetings of the established mechanisms, including the Joint Border Commission (JBC).

The Iranian delegation was briefed on the prevailing environment in South Asia and Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region. Pakistan’s perspective on the recent developments in Afghanistan and engagement with the new Afghan leadership were highlighted. The exchange of views also covered the situation in the Middle East.

During his visit, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi. In these meetings, the mutual commitment to realize the full potential of the bilateral relationship was emphasized. It was agreed that the high-level exchanges scheduled over the coming months would help advance the shared goals.

The two sides agreed to hold the next round of Bilateral Consultations in Tehran in the first quarter of 2015.

27 October 2014

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