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Major General Bagheri Pakistan visit, a welcome progress: Pak daily

Islamabad, Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA Leading Pakistani English news daily said that the visit of Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri to Pakistan is a welcomed development which would help in further enhancing ties between the two countries.

Daily 'The News' in its editorial comments said Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's visit to Iran last year set the tone for greater cooperation and the return visit of Iranian Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammed Bagheri for a three-day trip could lead to further breakthroughs.

Bagheri met with caretaker Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon and General Bajwa and both meetings stressed the need for greater military cooperation.

It further added the cooperation between Iran and Pakistan, however, will only be forthcoming if Pakistan is able to improve border security. Pakistan must improve its contacts with Iran through regular contact.

Pakistan has made some progress on this front with Iran thanks to Bagheri's visit and the meeting on counterterrorism cooperation we held in Islamabad earlier this month with the intelligence chiefs of Russia, China and Iran, said the editorial.

It said Iran believes the real purpose of the Saudi anti-terrorism force, headed by former Pakistan army Chief Raheel Sharif, is to bring all Sunni-majority nations together to target it.

The News added Senate Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla has been speaking of resurrecting the gas pipeline which, should it happen, would significantly increase economic cooperation between the two countries.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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