COAS on official visit to meet Iranian civilian and military leadership.

Islamabad: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in his maiden visit to Iran on Sunday met Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri in Tehran.

Both the military leaders underlined the need for enhanced security and defence cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad. Gen Bajwa is on two day visit to Tehran at the invitation of General Baqeri.

The two army chiefs stressed the need for expansion of defence and security relations aimed at resolving common issues, particularly in identifying and combating factors that cause the spread of terrorist activities along Iran and Pakistan’s shared borders.

Gen Bajwa’s trip is being attached a lot of importance because it could help the two overcome the distrust that has kept them apart. Islamabad and Tehran profess good relations and the two do not have any territorial disputes. However, they have had conflicting geo-political worldviews and resultantly remained on the opposite sides of regional alignments. This has quite often caused unease in relations.

The army chief will meet Iran’s civilian and military leadership during the visit, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet on Sunday.


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