Web DeskPublished: 9 June 2023 at 04:02 | Updated: 9 June 2023 at 12:03

China, Pakistan, and Iran Join Forces to Combat Terrorism in the Region

China, Pakistan, and Iran Join Forces to Combat Terrorism in the Region
In a landmark move, China, Pakistan, and Iran have united to address the growing threat of terrorism in the region. The first Pakistan-China-Iran Trilateral Consultation Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Security was successfully held at the director general level in Beijing on Wednesday, as announced by the Foreign Office.
The Pakistan delegation, led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General (Counter Terrorism) Abdul Hameed, engaged in extensive discussions with their Chinese and Iranian counterparts. The primary focus was on the regional security situation and the urgent need to tackle terrorism, which poses a significant challenge to the stability and progress of the region. As a result of these consultations, the three nations have agreed to institutionalize the trilateral consultations on counter-terrorism and security.
Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, during her weekly media briefing, stated, "Further details will be worked out in due course." This newfound collaboration marks a crucial step toward enhancing security cooperation and addressing the common threats faced by the three countries.
China, heavily invested in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, recognizes the importance of a secure environment for the successful completion of these ventures. Furthermore, China has acknowledged the need to contain the border incidents on the Pak-Iran border, which involve non-state actors perpetrating terrorist attacks within both countries.
Simultaneously, Pakistan's Petroleum Minister Musadik Malik's visit to the United States to discuss the future of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline has attracted attention. In response, the Foreign Office spokesperson maintained a cautious stance, stating, "For Pakistan, the IP project is an important project, and we remain committed to it. There are certain complications with regard to its implementation." She further emphasized ongoing engagement with both Iran and the United States to address these complexities, and details regarding the minister's meetings in the United States can be obtained from the concerned ministry.
Addressing another development, Pakistan responded to the proposal made by Iranian Naval Chief Rear Admiral Shahram Irani regarding an Ocean Naval Alliance, which included Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, and Pakistan. The spokesperson stated, "We will examine any proposal when it comes to Pakistan. At this stage, we are not in a position to comment on a statement which has been made."
The collaborative efforts among China, Pakistan, and Iran demonstrate a significant stride in combating terrorism and ensuring the region's security. As this partnership evolves, the international community will closely observe the outcomes and potential impact on regional stability.
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