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PR No. 170 Joint Press Statement between Secretary of the Supreme National Secretary Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Advisor of National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Islamabad

Upon the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Mr. Naseer khan Janjua, National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan paid a three-day visit to the Islamic Republic or Iran and met with H.E. Mr. Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the National Security Council, H.E. Mr. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Minister of Interior, H.E.Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, International Advisor to the Supreme Leader of Iran and Commander Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, Head of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran. During the meetings with the high ranking officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he discussed issues of mutual interest ranging from bilateral relations, to fighting against terrorism and establishment of peace and security in the region. The talks were held in a spirit of cordiality and friendship. The envisaged a shared vision whereby the two countries would work together for a better future of their people.

At the end of the visit, the two sides signed a Joint Statement as follows:

·         Both sides reiterated the brotherly relations existing between the two neighboring countries which are rooted in common history, culture and civilization. It was noted that the lifting of sanctions on Iran has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction between the two countries.

·         Both sides considered the importance of security issues, particularly border security of the two countries. They noted the need for establishing institutional mechanism to oversee the border security, including Joint Commission, and agreed to continue further discussions.

·         Both sides welcomed the visits of the political, economic and military officials of the two countries aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries

·         Both sides emphasized the need for unity of the Muslim Ummah and called for early resolution of differences between them through peaceful means, in the larger interest of Ummah, particularly during these challenging times. In this regard they referred to the need for fighting against the common threat posed by Daesh/ISIS, which was not only posing a grave threat to the stability of the Muslim countries but also giving a bad name to Islam – a religion of Peace.

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