JNN 14 May 2014 TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed dissatisfaction over the level of economic ties between Iran and Pakistan, calling for measures to enhance bilateral relations.
The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Tehran on Monday.
The Leader also noted that there are certain countries that are making efforts to deliberately cause insecurity along Iran-Pakistan border.
“Certain (countries) are intentionally trying to create insecurity on the long borders of the two countries and we cannot accept that these moves are normal or unintentional.”
“There are hands at work to create division between the two friendly and sincere people of Iran and Pakistan through different methods including causing insecurity along the long common border,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said except the United States there are other countries which are trying to create division between Tehran and Islamabad.
The Leader added, “We have (intelligence) information about the activities of certain (groups/countries) in the Baluchestan region of Pakistan which are trying to make the two countries’ borders insecure.”
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that great cultural and religious affinities between the Iranian and Pakistani people have helped the two countries improve their bilateral ties.
Takfiris pose danger to all Muslims
He also warned about the danger that Takfiri groups pose to all Muslims, including Shias and Sunnis, saying, “If Takfiri groups are not dealt with, they will do more damage to the Muslim world.”
The Pakistani prime minister, for his part, expressed regret over the recent incident in the border areas in which five Iranian guards were kidnapped and transferred to Pakistan, saying the Pakistani government will do its utmost efforts to counter elements behind such incidents and will welcome Iran’s measures over the issue.
“I will give assurances to your highness that the government of Pakistan will leave no stone unturned in dealing with elements of insecurity on common borders and will also support measures by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The prime minister also said his government will use all his efforts to promote the value of economic ties between the two countries to the previous figure of 3 billion dollars per year and even beyond that.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Sharif arrived in Tehran on Sunday for an official two-day visit and held talks with senior Iranian officials.
Pakistan & Iran’s Role in eradication of Sectarianism from the Region
The chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has said that Iran and Saudi Arabia are the most important countries in the struggle to eradicate the sectarianism dividing Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Rafsanjani made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Tehran on Sunday.
Commenting on the relations between Iran and regional Arab countries, he said that Iran and Saudi Arabia both have an important status in the region.
Rafsanjani added that other Islamic countries in the region should cooperate to fight against the actions taken to create a rift among Muslims.
Commenting on the problems caused by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he said that Iran and Pakistan are duty-bound to cooperate in preventing another civil war in Afghanistan.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani said that Iran and Pakistan should use all of their affinities and potential to expand their ties.
Nawaz Sharif said that there is great potential for Iran and Pakistan to expand their economic and industrial relations.
He went on to say that cooperation between Islamic countries is necessary in the current situation in the region and the world.
Through cooperation between Islamic countries, regional problems will be resolved and peace will be promoted, he added.
The Pakistani prime minister arrived in Tehran on Sunday with an economic-political delegation.
During his visit, he met with Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri.