Sunday 26 May 2019
News ID: 64268
Publish Date: 15 March 2019 - 21:52
TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran and Pakistan on Friday stressed the importance of promoting peace in the region and solving tensions through nonviolent approaches.
In a phone conversation, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation.
"Iran & Pakistan are close neighbors and friends. We agreed to strengthen our cooperation in all fields inc. fighting terrorism," the Iranian diplomat said in a post on his official Twitter account.
Tehran calls for de-escalation of tension and "peaceful resolution of Pakistan-India conflict," the Iranian diplomat said.
The recent clashes between India and Pakistan were triggered after a February 14 bombing that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in the northern region of Kashmir, which is claimed by both countries. A Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for the attack and India accused Pakistan of complicity - a charge Pakistan denies.
On February 13, a bomber identified by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as Pakistani national Hafiz Muhammad Ali, slammed his explosives-laden car into a bus carrying members of Iran’s IRGC on a road in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province which borders Pakistan, martyring 27 people and injuring 13 others.
Spokesperson for Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Faisal  pointed to the phone call between Janjua and Araqchi and said the two sides exchanged views about issues of mutual interest.
Faisal wrote on his Twitter account that the two sides agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas. "FS Janjua illustrated Pakistan’s continued desire for peace and de-escalation of tensions in the region," he said.

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