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Iran’s army chief expected to visit Pakistan today

Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major-General Mohammed Bagheri. Source: Iran Press.

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major-General Mohammed Bagheri is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday (today) to develop military and defence relations.

Bagheri, who will be heading a high-ranking military and security delegation, has been invited by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces is scheduled to meet with a number of senior political, security, and military officials in Pakistan. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, COAS Gen Bajwa, chief of staff of the armed forces, as well as other military officials, during his stay in Islamabad.

The Iranian team would also visit Karachi. This trip is seen boosting military, defense, and security collaborations between the two countries. The upcoming visit of the Iranian delegation to Pakistan is important in view of recent developments especially in Afghanistan.

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The trip also indicates that Pakistani and Iranian military officials are determined to cooperate to enhance security in joint border areas, help regional peace, restore security and stability in Afghanistan, as well as hold consultations on problems of the Muslim world and show commitment to the fight against terrorism.

In November 2019, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tehran and meet with Major General Mohammad Bagheri. The army chief, who was heading a high-ranking military delegation, discussed bilateral issues in the fields of military, security and defense.

The main developments in the region, bilateral cooperation in the security matters, providing security in the borders, preventing of terrorist groups to insecure the borders, building markets in the border areas, border exchanges and issues related to the unity of the Muslim world were the main topics of the talks.