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Pakistan and Iran navigate escalating tensions through Diplomacy and Cooperation

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Islamabad, 22 January 2024(TDI): The recent diplomatic dialogue between the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Iran, Jalil Abbas Jilani and Hossein Amir Abdollahian, signals a commitment to resolving the crisis through dialogue. Despite the discord, there is a recognition of shared security concerns and joint responsibility in combating common enemies, emphasizing the need for collaboration.

The conversation highlighted the enduring brotherly relations between the two nations, stressing Pakistan’s commitment to fostering cooperation with Iran based on mutual trust.

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Central to the discussion was the shared understanding that cooperation between Pakistan and Iran should be grounded in respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Both Foreign Ministers underscored the importance of strengthening working-level cooperation and close coordination, particularly in counter-terrorism and other mutual concerns. Notably, the leaders expressed a joint commitment to de-escalating potential tensions, affirming their dedication to maintaining regional stability.

One of the conversation’s key outcomes was the decision to return Ambassadors to their respective capitals. A joint press statement released on 22 January 2024 announced that ambassadors from both countries would resume their duties by 26 January 2024. This move signals a tangible step towards normalizing diplomatic relations and fostering an environment of open communication.

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In a forward-looking gesture, Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani extended an invitation to his Iranian counterpart, inviting Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian to visit Pakistan on 29 January 2024. This upcoming visit is expected to deepen bilateral ties and provide an opportunity for high-level discussions on various issues.

The mutual agreement to restore ambassadorial roles and the upcoming visit by the Iranian Foreign Minister underscore the commitment of both nations to strengthen diplomatic ties. As Pakistan and Iran navigate shared challenges and opportunities, these diplomatic initiatives mark a positive stride towards enhanced cooperation, trust, and understanding between Pakistan and Iran.

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In an unexpected turn of events, recent border clashes and airstrikes between Pakistan and Iran escalated tensions, marking an unprecedented chapter in their historically close relations. The core issue revolves around the struggle against separatist movements in the Baloch region, a common challenge faced by both nations along their volatile 900-kilometer border.

The crisis unfolded as Iran claimed strikes on Balochistan province, targeting Jaish al-Adl militants, leading to a retaliatory response from Pakistan. Amidst accusations of airspace violations and civilian casualties, the recall of ambassadors and suspension of high-level visits ensued.

Both nations justified their actions, with Iran citing the presence of Pakistani-origin terrorists as a threat, while Pakistan vehemently denounced violations of its sovereignty.

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