Co­op­er­a­tion, need of the hour: Zar­dari

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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