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Iran's president says a new joint security force will be formed with Pakistan to combat militants based along the two countries' shared border.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday condemned the attack and said his country stands with the people and government of Pakistan.

"Unfortunately, over the past few months we witnessed some tensions caused by some terrorists who acted savagely", President Rouhani said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Khan on Monday.

Prime Minister Khan also acknowledged the border security issue figured high in his discussions, citing recent terrorist attacks in both countries, which share a frontier of more than 900-kilometers.

Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan's poorest province and the largest by landmass, with Sunni militant groups as well as ethnic Baloch separatists active there.

The Minister said that Islamabad expected Iran to take action against the BRAS, an alliance of three Baloch groups who have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Chabahar, only about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Pakistan border and located on the Indian Ocean, is Iran's largest port outside the Gulf and the only one exempt from United States sanctions.

Khan also addressed the Pakistan-Iran Business Community in Tehran to promote trade ties between the two countries.


Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan met Supreme Leader of Iran Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran.

Shi'ite Muslim Iran says militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and has repeatedly called on Islamabad to crack down on them.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 20 that 15 gunmen wearing military uniforms ambushed a bus in southwestern Balochistan Province on April 18, killing 14 Pakistani Army personnel.

Pakistan and Iran have been blaming each other for inaction against terrorist groups inside their respective territories.

He said cooperation between Chabahar port in southeast Iran and Pakistan's Gwadar port can be increased, and that Tehran could facilitate the construction of a railroad connecting Istanbul to Islamabad.

In their meeting in Tehran, the Iranian and Pakistani leaders discussed a bartering agreement, IRNA reported, without specifying if this covered electricity imports.

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the health sector. Leadership of both the countries also agreed to further strengthen bilateral trade and economic ties.

As Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at the Saadabad Palace, an official welcome ceremony was held in his honour.

  • Tracy Klein