Jul 18, 2018 08:26 Asia/Tehran

The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, on a visit to Pakistan, has emphasized that Iran and Pakistan are both fully committed to joint manufacture of defense equipment and military hardware.

 Major General Mohammad Bagheri met with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on the second day of his visit to the neighboring country on Tuesday morning.

Referring to the topics that are going to be discussed between Iranian and Pakistani officials during the visit, the Chief of General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces said that a number of military and defense issues such as military training, military aviation training as well as other areas of training, holding joint military drills, and cooperation between two countries’ defense industries are being and will be discussed during the meetings.

Bagheri said joint manufacture of defense equipment and military hardware, by Tehran and Islamabad  is on the agenda, and is being discussed.  

In the meeting that took place at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad, the two sides hailed ample common backgrounds and the nearly 1,000 km long shared border between Iran and Pakistan and emphasized strengthening bilateral cooperation in different fields.

The Iranian military official also met with Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, commander of the Pakistani navy, during which the two sides emphasized the expansion of maritime cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and holding joint naval exercises between the two countries.

The Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, who is in Pakistan at the invitation of the Pakistani army commander, also met with General Qamar Javed Bajawa, Pakistani Army Commander, as well as General Zubair Mahmoud Hayat, Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army.

Bagheri also met with Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Caretaker Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry complex, during which the two sides emphasized the development of border relations and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

The meeting between Major General Bagheri and Pakistani military officials have largely focused on the fight against terrorism as well as boosting cooperation along the shared border between the two countries.