Pakistan and Iran Commit to Dialogue After Cross-Border Strikes/Reuters
Pakistan and Iran Commit to Dialogue After Cross-Border Strikes
Pakistan and Iran have taken steps to improve diplomatic ties and ease tensions following cross-border strikes earlier this month. The raids occurred in the Baluchistan region, which is shared between the two nations, escalating existing regional tensions. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, during his visit to Pakistan, emphasized that the hostilities should not be labeled a crisis, citing historically strong relations. Both countries pledged to enhance dialogue at all levels and expedite the deployment of liaison officers in each other’s territories to prevent terrorism from affecting their relations.
TENSIONS EASE AFTER CROSS-BORDER STRIKES
The porous border region of Baluchistan witnessed tit-for-tat strikes, with Tehran targeting an anti-Iran group in Pakistan on January 16. Pakistan responded with a pre-dawn raid on “militant targets” in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province. The initial strikes prompted strong reactions, including the recall of ambassadors. Last week, both nations agreed to de-escalate, allowing the return of ambassadors and signaling a commitment to long-term relations.
STRENGTHENING DIALOGUE AND BORDER MARKETS
During a joint news conference, Pakistan Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani highlighted the swift resolution and emphasized the importance of strong relations between the two nations for regional stability. They agreed to expedite the development of border markets, encouraging trade and cultural exchanges. Additionally, a new consultative mechanism at the ministerial level will be established, with regular meetings planned in each other’s capitals to foster cooperation.