Pakistan and Iran agreed to further strengthen border cooperation as the second session of Pakistan-Iran Higher Border Commission (HBC) held in Islamabad.
Most importantly, both countries also reaffirmed their commitment to expedite opening of new border crossing points with mutual understanding.
During the session, the two sides held constructive discussions for effective implementation of existing border mechanisms within the relevant frameworks.
Also the frameworks include Agreement for Administration of Pakistan-Iran border of 1960.
They agreed to further strengthen mutual cooperation in these areas.
Furthermore, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to expedite opening new border crossing points with mutual understanding.
Both parties emphasized the necessity of updating border maps and border pillar descriptions and carrying out joint border surveys.
The two sides also shared the understating about their effective border management efforts through appropriate measures, including physical installations such as fencing.
Moreover, Director General of International Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Bagherpour Ardekani led Iranian delegation. Director General (Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri led Pakitan.
Notably, the first session of the Commission held in Tehran on July 17, 2017. The second session came in follow up of the decision by the leadership of the two countries during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Iran in April this year.
Furthermore, the HBC remains a mechanism for consultations between the two countries to discuss all border-related issues. The forum aims for enhanced coordination at different levels.
Most importantly, Pakistan and Iran enjoy brotherly relations with deep-rooted historical, religious, cultural ties and strong people-to-people contacts. The two countries share more than 900 km common border also known as a border of peace and friendship.
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