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Iran FM: Pakistan helped foil 2 suicide attacks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during an event at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on March 12, 2018. (AFP)
ISLAMABAD: Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Tuesday said Pakistan has helped his country foil two suicide attacks, adding that he is satisfied with the existing level of bilateral intelligence cooperation.
Iran wants to improve relations with neighboring states, and will not allow anyone to use its territory against Pakistan, he said.
Tehran provided all relevant information to Islamabad about Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian who was arrested in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in 2016 on spying and terrorism charges, Zarif added.
Pakistan’s Gwadar port and Iran’s Chabahar port should not be viewed in a competitive framework as they will complement each other and greatly benefit regional connectivity, he said.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring regional economic prosperity and result in greater peace and stability, he added.
Zarif denied that the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline has been placed on the backburner, expressing hope that any outstanding issues will soon be resolved via negotiations.