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Iran: Pakistan and Iran form joint reaction force to fight militancy

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday announced Tehran and Islamabad’s decision to form a joint rapid reaction force at the border to combat militancy. Rouhani made the announcement in a joint presser with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Tehran.

“We agreed to increase the security cooperation of the two countries, our border forces, our intelligence force. And also to form a joint rapid reaction force on the border of the two countries for fighting terrorism,” said Rouhani in the presser broadcasted live on the Iranian state TV.

Imran Khan on his part addressed the challenges arising from the terrorism issue at the countries’ borders especially in light of recent incident involving 14 people being kidnapped and killed in Pakistan’s Baluchistan by a new group of militant insurgents.

“It was very important for me to come here and come with our security chief that we resolve this issue,” said the Pakistani Prime Minister.

The agreement concluded Imran Khan’s two-day trip to Iran. He had visited the mausoleum of the eighth Shia Imam Reza in the north-eastern city of Mashhad upon his arrival in Iran on Sunday.

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