Iranian President Declares Joint Border Force With Pakistan

Middle East

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on 21 April on a state visit to discuss security and regional issues, according to Iranian state TV.

Iran and Pakistan will form a joint “reaction force” on the border between the two countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated as cited by AFP.

“Iran and Pakistan are going to form a joint rapid reaction force to fight terrorism inside their borders”, Rouhani said, as quoted by his press service following months of intensified relations between the two countries over attacks on both sides of the border.

The Iranian president also stressed that the two nations were “determined to develop inclusive relations and cooperation without the impact of a third country”.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is on an official working visit to Iran on 21-22 April at Rouhani’s invitation. Khan is also scheduled to hold talks with members of the Iranian and Pakistani business communities.

The announcement of a new border structure comes after Islamabad said in March that Pakistani security forces had helped release four kidnapped Iranian servicemen during an operation near the Pakistani-Afghan border.

A group of Iranian servicemen was abducted during a border patrol operation back in October. Their reported number ranged from 12 to 14. In November, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that Islamabad had secured the release of five…

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