Iranian Official Urges Anti-US Muslim Cooperation
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Muslims countries need to close ranks against the US destabilizing policies, senior Iranian security official Ali Shamkhani said, calling for close interaction with neighboring Pakistan in combating common threats.
In a meeting with Pakistan's National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua in Tehran on Sunday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Shamkhani denounced the new US National Security Strategy for entailing insecurity and instability in the world.
Emphasizing the necessity for closer cooperation among the Islamic countries against the US, Shamkhani said Iran and Pakistan should remain vigilant and take preemptive measures to foil the US “devious and divisive” polices and double standards.
He also urged efforts to ensure security of Iran-Pakistan common border, calling for joint action in the fight against narcotics, human and arms trafficking, and the terrorist groups.
“We won’t allow certain countries to upset ties between the two countries by dispatching arms and recruiting terrorists for border insecurity,” Shamkhani added.
For his part, the visiting Pakistani adviser expressed Islamabad’s willingness to expand security and economic cooperation with Iran.
Janjua also urged Muslim vigilance in dealing with the foreign ploys that fuel tensions in the Islamic world.
Earlier in November, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa paid an official visit to Iran for high-profile talks on various issues, including the common border security.
Islamabad pledged efforts in 2017 to dispatch Army troops to the joint border with Iran after a surge in the number of terrorist attacks on the Iranian border guards and security forces masterminded from inside Pakistan.
In one of the deadliest such attacks in April 2017, armed militants killed 10 Iranian border guards who were patrolling along the border in Iran’s Mirjaveh region.
The so-called Jaish al-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.