India and Iran have decided to intensify cooperation to combat terrorism in the face of terror attacks in both nations sponsored by elements in Pakistan.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made an unscheduled stopover in Tehran on her way to Bulgaria as part of a three-nation tour and met with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Aragchchi on Saturday night. The two ministers discussed bilateral ties and close cooperation between the countries, especially to counter terror.
“Iran and 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!” Araghchi tweeted.
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
Both India and Iran saw similar suicide attacks targeting their respective paramilitary forces earlier this week.
On 13 February, at least 27 members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed after an explosive-laden vehicle targetted the bus which was ferrying the military personnel in Khash-Zahedan sector of Sistan-Baluchistan province in south-eastern Iran.
According to the Iranian media, Jaish-al-Adl, a separatist militant group which receives support from Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the deadly assault.
A day later, more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in an attack orchestrated by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit.
Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the Pakistani envoy to the country and asked Islamabad to crack down on Jaish-al-Adl.