Iranian, Pakistani Border Guards Sign Cooperation Document
A cooperation agreement was inked in a meeting between Iranian Border Guards Commander Guardian Brigadier General Qassem Rezayee and Director General of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman.
The two high-ranking military officials held the meeting in Karachi on Wednesday.
During the meeting, General Rezayee underlined readiness for holding joint naval drills between Iranian and Pakistani border guards.
He also called for cooperation between Iran and Pakistan on resolving current problems at joint maritime and land borders.
Earlier reports said that Pakistan had invited the Iranian Navy to join maritime exercise ‘AMAN-20’ which would be staged in February.
“Iranian Navy has also been invited to attend maritime exercise ‘AMAN-20’ which will be held in February by Pakistani Navy,” Iranian Navy commander Rear Admiral Khanzadi said on December 10.
Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had also in 2018 underlined his country’s willingness to hold joint wargames with Pakistan and dispatch flotilla of warships to Japan.
“We should have joint ground, air and naval drills,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said in a meeting with Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) conference in Tehran.
Admiral Abbasi, for his part, stressed that the strategic situation of Iran and Pakistan necessitates further contacts and cooperation between the two countries, expressing the hope that such bilateral relations would broaden to the highest level.
Iran Pakistan border relations have been turbulent in the recent past. Iran has blamed Pakistan for allowing a Sunni insurgent group Jaish al Adal sanctuaries on its side.
Pakistan has in turn claimed to have evidence that Baloch insurgents were operating from training camps inside Iranian areas on the border.
Thus both sides have now decided to bury the hatchet and build cooperative border relations that will ensure security which includes the maritime front.
The maritime side has assumed importance for Pakistan given the possibility of disruption of oil flow due to US and Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf.