TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and Pakistani foreign minister underlined the need for intense efforts to fight cultivation and trafficking of illicit drugs.
According to a report released by the Information and Media Department of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri met with the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaoddin Boroujerdi here on Thursday.
During the meeting, the two officials conferred about ways of expanding bilateral relations and the latest regional and global developments.
Boroujerdi noted the profound historical, cultural and religious bonds between Iran and Pakistan as two neighboring countries, and said that crises in Iraq, Lebanon and the Middle East are of the two great Islamic states’ mutual concerns.
Elsewhere, he pointed to Iran’s nuclear program and the West’s political pressures, and added, “When a country is unreasonably under pressures due to use of peaceful nuclear energy, it seems that it should opt out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
Reiterating the Iranian parliament’s decisive support for the government’s civilian nuclear program, the MP described talks as the best way to remove the misunderstandings.
He further termed the US policies as the major factor responsible for the intensification of crises in the region, and reminded that the US troops in Iraq are now being killed by the insurgents who once were trained and supported by the Americans themselves.
The legislative official also pointed out that fomenting religious conflicts and civil war is a new conspiracy hatched by the aliens in Iraq, and warned that such a move would serve no one’s interests as it will engulf the occupiers too.
He called on the regional countries to contain religious conflicts in Iraq through cooperation.
Regarding the present crisis in Afghanistan, he said that the growth of drug cultivation and production in that country in recent years has posed the most serious threat to the security of regional states, and stressed that the regional countries should confront the problem through cooperation.
For his part, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri pointed to the two nations’ abundant historical and cultural commonalities, and said that holding talks between Iranian and Pakistani senior officials is necessary insofar as the regional developments are concerned.
Referring to the regular and extensive meetings between the leaders of the two countries, he assured that bilateral talks between the two states about regional and bilateral issues would continue at the highest levels possible.
Noting Iran’s nuclear issue, Kasuri warned that resorting to unusual ways to exert pressure on Iran will escalate insecurity and tension in the Muslim World.
He also voiced concern about increased production of narcotics in Afghanistan, and underscored that Taliban has no place in the future of the region.