In a brief stopover in Iran on her way to Bulgaria, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi late on Saturday night. The two leaders discussed ways to combat terrorism together.
Swaraj’s stopover in Iran comes in the wake of Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack which left over 45 CRPF jawans dead.
“Iran and India suffered from two heinous terrorist attacks in the past few days resulted in big casualties,” Araghchi tweeted referring to the Pulwama terror attack in India and the terror attack in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran.
“Today in my meeting with Sushma Swaraj the Indian FM, when she had a stopover in Tehran, we agreed on close cooperation to combat terrorism in the region. Enough is enough!” Araghchi added.
Iran & India suffered from two heinous terrorist attacks in the past few days resulted in big casualties. Today in my meeting with Sushma Swaraj the Indian FM, when she had a stopover in Tehran, we agreed on close cooperation to combat terrorism in the region. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/uvwlx45pZ6
— Seyed Abbas Araghchi (@araghchi) February 16, 2019
On Wednesday, a day before the Pulwama terror attack, 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards travelling in an IRGC bus were killed and 17 others injured in an explosion carried out by Al Qaeda affiliate Jaish al-Adl in Iran’s Khash-Zhaedan sector. Iran blamed Pakistan for the attack.
India was among the several countries which condemned the ghastly terror attack on Iran.
In a very strong statement against Pakistan, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafri, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said that the blood of his soldiers will be avenged.
“If Pakistan doesn’t do its duties in this regard, Iran, based on the international laws, has the right to counter the adjacent threats in the neighbouring countries and will punish the terrorists that are the mercenaries of regional and extra regional intelligence services,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.
He warned Islamabad against allowing terrorists to use Pakistan border areas to organise anti-security moves against his country.
On 14 February, over 45 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in an attack orchestrated by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit. The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
In an immediate step against Pakistan, India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to the country.
The international community too has expressed support to India in the wake of the attack.
Swaraj is on a three-nation tour of Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain.