Damascus: Twin bombs killed 44 people in the Old City of Damascus on Saturday, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.
Imam Hussein Holy Shrine has announced the completion of the preparations for setting off for Pakistan in order to hold the annual Cultural Week festival.
The statement was released on the last day of visit by Pakistani National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua to Iran on Wednesday.
Janjua arrived in Tehran on Monday following an official invitation by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.
Iran and Pakistan underscore “the close and brotherly ties between the two neighboring countries, which have roots in their joint history and culture,” read part of the statement.
The two countries stressed the need to “sustain and develop relations”, and acknowledged the significance of “effective dialogue in countering border insecurity and in the joint fight against instability in the region and the Muslim world,” the statement added.
The statement also stressed the importance of battling the Daesh terrorist group, which it referred to as a plot aimed at creating division among Muslims.
During his second round of official talks with Janjua on Tuesday, Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic will spare no effort for the establishment of stability in Pakistan, which he said will in turn guarantee Iran's security.
Janjua on Monday also held separate meetings with Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs.
In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both countries agreed to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, and fight against terrorism and activities posing a threat to the national security of the two counties.
Iran has repeatedly called on its eastern neighbors to rein in terrorists who cross the borders to carry out terror attacks on Iranian soil. Iranian forces have recently engaged in clashes with terror groups, thwarting their terrorist activities on the border and within the country, arresting several of them and confiscating large amounts of explosives and bomb-making materials
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