Iran’s Foreign Minister visits Pakistan to normalize relations

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Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hosein Amirabdolahian, arrived in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, along with a high-ranking delegation to meet with his Pakistani counterpart, Jalil Abbas Jilani. The meeting was scheduled after a rise in tensions due to mutual bombings against “terrorist” targets in their respective territories.

Amirabdolahian was received at the Nur Khan air base by the Foreign Secretary of Western Asia, Rahim Hayat. The head of Iranian diplomacy is set to hold in-depth talks with Jilani and will also visit the Prime Minister, Anwarul Haq Kakar, as explained by the Pakistani authorities.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has indicated that the delegation will exchange opinions on strengthening cooperation in commercial, industrial, scientific, academic, security, and energy matters. Jilani invited the Iranian minister last week, when both governments agreed to the return of their ambassadors to their respective posts.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard carried out attacks last week against “terrorists” of the Jaish al-Adl armed group in Pakistani territory, prompting Islamabad to denounce the death of two children and recall its ambassador. In response, the Pakistani Army carried out bombing raids against Iranian territory, claiming that its target was members of the armed groups Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF).

Tehran claimed that the attacks had left nine dead and summoned the Pakistani charge d’affaires to “give explanations.” This same weekend, armed men shot dead nine Pakistanis, an event that has received condemnation from Jilani, who has considered that what happened is an “attempt of ruining Pakistani-Iranian relations.

The Pakistani government stressed that ties with Iran were “solid” and “friendly”, describing terrorism as “a common threat” to both countries and insisting on the need to apply bilateral agreements. The visit of Amirabdolahian to Pakistan is seen as an effort to ease tensions and strengthen relations between the two neighboring countries.

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