ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Tehran on Sunday on a three-day official visit.
The military’s chief spokesman announced his arrival in Tehran on a social networking site, saying, “COAS arrived Tehran, Iran on official visit. Scheduled to meet Iranian civilian and military leadership.”
COAS arrived Tehran, Iran on official visit. Scheduled to meet Iranian civilian and military leadership.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 5, 2017
Besides meeting top Iranian leadership, the COAS is expected to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
On Oct 31, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost had met the army chief at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi, where they discussed regional security, Pak-Iran border management, and enhancing interaction between the two countries in defence realm.
Mr Honardoost acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability in the region and pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries, according to a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.
Recently, Pakistan and Iran had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve border security.
The MoU was signed during the 21st two-day meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission in Gwadar.
Provincial Chief Secretary Aurangzeb Haque led the Pakistani side while Deputy Governor Sistan-Balochistan province Ali Asghar Mir Shikari led the Iranian delegation in the meeting.
They discussed a range of issue including joint proposals pertaining to border situation, security matters, immigration and border trade between two countries.
The meeting expressed firm determination to check drugs smuggling, intrusion of illegal immigrants and not let their respective soils be used for terrorism against each other.