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Pakistan, Russia express 'grave concern' over growing IS threat

Pakistan, Russia express 'grave concern' over growing IS threat

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Mar 2018, 03:13 pm

Islamabad, Mar 22 (IBNS): Pakistan and Russia have expressed 'grave concern' over the growing threat of Islamic States terrorists in the region.

"Both sides expressed grave concern over the rising threat posed by Da'esh. While major successes had been achieved in the fight against Da'esh in Syria and Iraq, the returning Da'esh fighters from the conflict zones to countries of origin or third countries constituted a major security threat to various parts of the world, including this region. It was important for countries of the region to cooperate to counter this threat," read a statement issued by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both the nations expressed their concerns at the seventh meeting of the Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism held in Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Pakistan and Russia also reaffirmed the commitment for promoting bilateral cooperation for 'countering terrorism'.

"They also agreed to cooperate at the United Nations and other international fora for combating terrorism," read the statement.

In the meeting, the Pakistan side was led by Ahmad Farooq, Director General, Counter Terrorism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Russian side was led by Ilya Rogachev, Director Department for New Challenges of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.