Cooperation, need of the hour: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari met his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the International Conference on Global Fight against Terrorism in Tehran last month and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and mutual engagement in diverse fields for socio-economic development of the two countries.
They also expressed the resolve for enhancing mutual coordination for countering terrorism, narcotics control and human trafficking besides sanitizing the borders from the terrorists. Moreover, further broadening of the existing cooperation in various areas with particular focus on the promotion of trade and investment ties and rail and road links between the two countries, the early realization of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and other matters of regional connectivity were discussed during the meeting.
President Zardari suggested Iran to consider ways and means to create an Integrated Border Management Regime between Pakistan and Iran, adding that both sides need to intensify consultations and take pragmatic steps for meeting the challenge of militancy and extremism, on the one hand, and for regional stability and peace, on the other.
The two sides considered undertaking joint economic projects in Afghanistan in order to enhance connectivity, build infrastructure, rail and road links as well as trilateral cooperation in other mega projects. They also expressed the hope that a mechanism in the form of trilateral initiative between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan would help counter narcotics trafficking in the region.