(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Interior Minister has written a letter to Pakistan’s Interior Minister pursuing the kidnap of 14 border guards by a terrorist group, calling on the Pakistani Government to pay special attention to its security commitments in preventing terrorist attacks from its territory on border posts of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli stressed in the letter that Iran will deal with terrorist and takfiri groups with a firm hand, reiterating: “All efforts must be focused on the release of the hostages, a decisive confrontation with the terrorists, and the avoidance of such repeated bitter and unpleasant events.”

Addressing Shahriar Afaridi, his Pakistani counterpart, the Iranian Interior Minister added: “Within the framework of bilateral relations and the principle of good neighborliness, as well as security commitments between the two countries, joint operations are urgently needed to achieve the required results.”

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In a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart, Iran’s FM is also closely following-up the situation.

Zarif underlined the need to increase and guarantee security between the two borders based on previous conversations and called for serious, urgent measures to be taken to ensure the safety, health, and return of the kidnapped personnel and arrest of the perpetrators.

Pakistani FM, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, also strongly condemned the kidnapping and announced: “Pakistan is doing everything it can to find and arrest the terrorists and free the Iranian hostages.”

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He added: “These terrorist groups are the common enemies of both Iran and Pakistan. They intend to drive a wedge between our friendly relations.”

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