Sunday, February 19, 2012

Iran advises Pakistan not to allow US consulate in Quetta

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has advised Pakistan not to allow the United States to open its consulate in Balochistan province. The advice came in the wake of a trilateral summit between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan in Islamabad. Ahmadinejad said the establishment of an American consulate in Quetta could gravely jeopardise Iran’s national security, adding that such a move could fuel the activities of extremist groups such as Jundallah. Sources revealed President Asif Zardari discussed the Balochistan issue with his Iranian counterpart, and Ahmadinejad said for the sake of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries both sides would have to take a firm stance against foreign interference in regional issues.

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