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President in a meeting with Pakistani parliament speaker:

Collective effort to fight terrorism, extremism essential/Tehran ready to deepen ties with Islamabad/Stressing more serious efforts by Pakistani army to free Iranian border guards

President stressed the importance of comprehensive development of relations between Iran and Pakistan, especially in fighting terrorism, adding, “Today, collective and more serious efforts to fight terrorism and extremism is very important”.

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Sat 08 - December 2018 - 15:00

Speaking in a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament of Pakistan on Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani referred to the holding of the 2nd conference of parliament speakers of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on the challenges of terrorism he said, “Holding of this conference is a good initiative for development of security and regional cooperation”.

Stressing the importance of collective fight against terrorism and extremism, he continued, “Those who have created terrorist groups in the past decades have betrayed the peoples of the region”.

“Most of these terrorist groups have been created as the result of the proxy war between the United States and the Soviet Union,” he added.

The President also said, “Those who support terrorist groups in Iran are America, the West and the Zionist Regime”.

Iran and Pakistan are two brotherly, neighbourly and Muslim countries that have had good relations during the history, said Dr Rouhani adding, “We should take serious steps in fighting terrorism”.

“Unfortunately, the border between Iran and Pakistan, which has to be the border of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries, is being misused by some groups,” he continued.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said, “I hope that the seven Iranian border guards that are hostage to terrorist groups in the Pakistani soil come back to Iran as soon as possible with more efforts by the Pakistani army”.

Dr Rouhani went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to develop economic, cultural and scientific relations with Pakistan and emphasised development of Tehran-Islamabad relations.

He also said, “Iran is ready to provide Pakistan with its energy, including natural gas, oil and power in the long term”.

“To develop relations between friendly countries, we need to stand up to US’ bullying and sanctions and find solutions for deepening cooperation and relations,” he added.

Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser expressed condolences over the terrorist attack in Chabahar, saying, “Today, the Pakistani government and nation, as well as different parties, are united in the fight against terrorism”.

He continued, “Pakistan is ready to interact with Iran in the fight against terrorism and development of regional security”.

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