TEHRAN: Iranian top military commander said Tuesday that Iran and Pakistan are seeking to jointly manufacture defense equipment, Press TV reported.

Major General Mohammad Baqeri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, made the remarks following a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Iran and Pakistan are working to jointly make defense products and present them as a joint achievement of the Muslim nations, Baqeri was quoted as saying.

In the meeting, Hussain and Baqeri underlined the importance of the Tehran-Islamabad ties in different areas, particularly in the defense sector.

On Tuesday, Baqeri also held a meeting with Chief of Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

During the talks, the two sides discussed topics including military education, pilot training, military drills and contacts between the two countries’ defense industries, he added.

On Monday, the Iranian top commander blasted the United States for seeking insecurity in the Middle East and is against restoration of peace to this region.

“America tops the list of countries that seek to create insecurity in the region and is against the restoration of security to the region,” Baqeri said.

Baqeri arrived in Islamabad Monday for an official visit at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Abdullah Hussain Haroon says his country desires to further strengthen cooperation with Iran in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of the two countries and to ensure peace and stability in the region, a foreign ministry statement said.

He said this during a meeting with Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri who called on him in Islamabad along with a high level military delegation. The Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan and Iran have enjoyed religious and socio-cultural affinities. The bilateral relations have continued to strengthen with regular exchange of visits at various levels during the past few years.

The Foreign Minister appreciated the Iranian leadership’s strong and consistent support on the issue of Kashmir. During the meeting, it was noted that both countries have made useful progress in areas of trade, connectivity, cultural relations and enhancing people-to-people contacts.

There was a considerable scope to enhance these relations further. The Foreign Minister also briefed Major General Mohammad Baqeri on the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, expressing the desire of the government to hold free, fair and transparent elections.

The two sides also discussed issues related to peace and stability in Afghanistan and other matters of mutual interest in the region.

General Baqeri conveyed the best wishes of the Iranian leadership and people of Iran for continued prosperity and progress of Pakistan.

He expressed the confidence that the upcoming elections would usher Pakistan to an era of continued growth under strong leadership. He also thanked Pakistan for its principled stance on JCPOA.

Earlier, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri met with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to further enhance military to military cooperation between armed forces of Iran and Pakistan. He had also met with President Mamnoon Hussain to discuss bilateral ties, international and regional developments.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran Major General Baqeri, also held separate meetings with Pakistan Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat.

During the meetings Maj. Gen. Baqeri expressed his opinion on war on terrorism, expansion of border cooperation, and the ways to broaden bilateral relations.

Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces heading a high-level delegation arrived in Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Sunday on a three-day official visit for talks with the country’s officials.

Meanwhile, head of Pakistan Federal Research Organization General Bashir Ahmad Ma’moun, who is in Tehran, visited Police Identification Department on Tuesday and expressed his country’s desire to expand cooperation with the Iranian police.

He expressed pleasure over the growing trend of relations between the two police forces and added that Iran, Pakistan as two Muslim neighbors have similar problems. General Ma’moun pointed to Iranian police prowess in establishing security in border areas and said that intelligence and operational cooperation as well as promoting interaction among officers is so important. – NNI