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Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

He also outlined plans for cooperation between Iranian and Pakistani ports and facilitation of railroad construction which could link Istanbul to Islamabad.

Prime Minister Khan also acknowledged the border security issue figured high in his discussions, citing recent terrorist attacks in both countries, which share a frontier of more than 900-kilometers.

Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan's poorest province and the largest by land mass, with Islamist as well as ethnic Baloch separatists active there.

Addressing reports about Saudi and USA pressure on Pakistan to join an Arab-Israeli front against Iran in the region, Rouhani said PM Khan had assured him that Pakistan "has never joined and will never join any coalition".

The Pakistani Prime Minister pointed out that some do not want the relations between Tehran and Islamabad to strengthen; nevertheless, the two nations can overcome the obstacles, "We will try to make the relations between the two countries stronger than before and we will be in constant contact with the Islamic Republic".

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan following his recent trip to Iran for not making any announcement to continue the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

A new umbrella group representing various insurgent outfits operating in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province bordering Iran claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses on southwestern Pakistan.

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a press conference on April 20 that the group's training and logistical camps were inside Iran's borders and that Tehran has been informed.

Imran Khan says in the video: "On the border region of Germany and Japan, they had joint industries". President Rouhani received Prime Minister Imran Khan and a guard of honour was given to the visiting dignitary.

"We trust that both countries will not have terrorist activities from their soil".

Both countries also agreed to establish a barter committee to aid in a planned increase in trade between them, bypassing United States sanctions that punish direct financial transactions with most Iranian entities. He said it is time that both Pakistan and Iran work out ways and means to enhance their bilateral trade to exploit the existing potential.

Analysts say Pakistani leaders would have worked hard during the two-day visit to establish cooperate with their Iranian counterparts on the issue.

The Pakistani premier arrived in Tehran late on Sunday ans was officially welcomed by President Rouhani on Monday.