Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance border cooperation

December 22, 2014

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Pakistan and Iran agreed to increase cooperation to tackle terrorism and drug trafficking on the border between the two countries. -File
Pakistan and Iran agreed to increase cooperation to tackle terrorism and drug trafficking on the border between the two countries. -File

QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran on Monday agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination to fight terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling.

Pakistani and Iranian border officers met at Mirjava, the Iranian bordering city, to discuss issues relating to the 900km long porous border.

The meeting has come after improvement of ties and an end of blame game between the two neighbors over border issues.

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Deputy Commissioner Chaghi, Saifullah Khetran, Deputy Commissioner Gwadar, Hamid Abru and other officials represented Pakistan.

The Iranian side was represented by border officers.

The two sides discussed all ways and means to jointly battle terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling, sources in Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department told Dawn.com.

The two countries agreed to enhance cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing to combat terrorism.

Personnel of law enforcement agencies also participated in the meeting to apprise the border officers with regard to border issues, they said.

Both countries decided to double their efforts to ensure legal movement at the border.

It was also decided to ensure holding of mutual meetings to remove misunderstandings and improve better coordination, sources said.