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Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Pakistan and Iran have made moves to de-escalate tensions that grew between them earlier this week, when each attacked terrorist headquarters in the other’s country. Yesterday Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian spoke by phone. According to The News Pakistani newspaper, Jilani said that Islamabad is ready to cooperate with Tehran “on all issues on the basis of mutual trust,” especially on the topics of security, reported TASS.

The important initiative comes after an escalation of tensions from an exchange of strikes inside each other’s borders. On Jan. 16 Iranian airstrikes were aimed against terrorist bases in Pakistan. This was followed on Jan. 18 by Pakistan airstrikes on terrorist bases inside Iran, reported TASS.