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Rouhani stresses the need to fight terrorism
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_na2(28).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian president describes terrorism as a serious threat to all regional countries and says it is necessary to fight terrorism in order to achieve stability.
 
Hassan Rouhani made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister’s special envoy Sartaj Aziz in Tehran on Monday.
 
The president also said Iran considers Pakistan’s security in line with its own.
 
He went on to say that security in Iran’s border areas with Pakistan is an important issue, stressing the need to adopt policies to maintain security in borders and alleviate concerns in this respect.
Jaish al-Adl, a terrorist group, kidnapped five Iranian border guards on February 6 and took them into neighboring Pakistan. Four of the kidnapped were freed in early April. However, the fate of one of the guards remains in mystery as the group claims it executed him. 
The group also announced in October 2013 that it was behind the killing of 14 Iranian border guards.
 

Pakistan PM’s message handed to Rouhani
 
Rouhani also called for expansion of bilateral ties, saying that Iran seeks close relations with its neighboring countries.
 
Aziz, for his part, submitted the Pakistani prime minister’s message to Rouhani. 
 
He said there is great potential for the expansion of bilateral ties.
 
Commenting on the problems in the region, he said that Pakistan seeks to end sectarian tensions in the region.
 
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to visit Tehran in May.
 
Aziz also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday.
 
NA/PA

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