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Iran and Pakistan to form rapid reaction force at border: Rouhani

25 April 2019

"We have agreed to expand our security and intelligence cooperation, particularly in border areas, and we also agreed to set up a joint rapid reaction force in order to guard our common borders", Rohani said while speaking through his interpreter.

The gunmen who killed 14 members of Pakistan's security forces in the country's southwest earlier this week came from Iran to carry out the attack, officials said on Saturday.

In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei regarded the relation between the nations of Iran and Pakistan as deep and heartfelt and stressed that: The relations between the two countries should increasingly develop and strengthen, despite hostilities by enemies.

"The most important reason why I'm here, Mr. President, is because I felt that the issue of terrorism was going to. increase differences between our countries", Khan said during the joint press conference.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country was angry about the attack and called for Iran to take action against BRAS militants.

Khan's visit comes after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind last week's killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers.

Stressing that "no third country" could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

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"Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay an official visit to Iran on April 21-22, 2019, at the invitation of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani".

During a discussion on Khan's visit to Iran in National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khurrum Dastigir said, "Prime Minister's statement is against the national security as for the first time he has admitted the use of (the country's) soil for terrorism in Iran". Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation also benefited from spiritual guidance given by the Rahbar.

For his part, Khan said that both neighbors are resolved to tackle disagreements over the issue of terrorism on the common borders.

"It is costly and Pakistan has tight economy but considering its importance we have chose to fence it", Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday.

"Pakistan has maintained a delicate balance in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran", said the analyst.

'In terms of issues related to region, and cooperation between Iran and Pakistan towards peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as some other regional issues, we exchanged views'.

Iran and Pakistan to form rapid reaction force at border: Rouhani