Pakistan - Iran to fight common threat posed by ISIS
ISLAMABAD: (APP) Islamabad and Tehran Wednesday called for fighting the common threat posed by Daesh - ISIS, terming it not only a grave threat to the stability of the Muslim countries, but also for giving a bad name to Islam.
The commonality of views emerged at meetings of the Pakistan's National Security Advisor Nasir Khan Janjua with his Iranian counterpart and senior Iranian officials during his three-day visit to the neighbouring country.
"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 the Ummah, particularly during these challenging times," a Joint Statement issued here from the office of the National Security Advisor said.
"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."
The two sides also decided to hold further discussions on the need for establishing institutional mechanism to oversee border security and need for setting up a Joint Commission, keeping in view the importance of the issue.
Pakistan and Iran welcomed the visits of the political, economic and military officials of the two countries, aimed at further strengthening their bilateral relations.
The Joint Statement issued at the conclusion of visit to Iran said the two sides also discussed bilateral relations and counter terrorism efforts for establishment of peace and security in the region.
Janjua visited Tehran on the invitation of Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani. He also met Iranian Minister for Interior Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, International Advisor to the Supreme Leader of
Iran Dr Ali Akbar Velayati and Head of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran Commander Mohammad Hossein Baqeri.
"The talks were held in a spirit of cordiality and friendship. They envisaged a shared vision whereby the two countries would work together for a better future of their people," the statement said.
During the talks the two sides reiterated that their brotherly relations were 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," the Joint Statement said.