Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian made a statement on Monday, suggesting that militants in the border areas of Pakistan and Iran were "led and supported by third countries." While he did not explicitly name any nation, this comment is perceived as an apparent reference to the situation in Taliban-led Afghanistan. The statement comes in the wake of recent tit-for-tat military strikes between Iran and Pakistan at alleged terrorist bases in both countries.
Abdollahian's visit to Pakistan is aimed at de-escalating tensions between the two nations. In a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, Abdollahian mentioned the presence of terrorists in common border regions and areas of Iran and Pakistan being supported by third countries. Jilani highlighted the agreement between the two nations to establish a high-level constructive mechanism at the foreign ministers' level to address concerns and cooperate in the fight against terrorism.
The statement from the Foreign Office emphasized the importance of robust dialogue and cooperation for positive bilateral relations. The recent military strikes and tensions between Iran and Pakistan have raised concerns about the stability of the region. The situation escalated earlier this month when both countries conducted military strikes in each other's territories, narrowly avoiding a full-blown armed conflict.
(With Agency Inputs)