Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mussavi Lari on Tuesday left Tehran for Islamabad where he is expected for an official four-day visit for talks on bilateral security issues, state radio reported.
Lari, who is accompanied by an important delegation of security officials, was invited by his Pakistani counterpart Moinuddin Haider.
Regional cooperation, the anti-drug war and border security will be discussed by the two ministers, whose countries are both neighbors of Afghanistan.
Last Wednesday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf made a brief stopover in Tehran, before heading to Europe and New York.
Shiite Iran does not recognize Afghanistan's ruling Taliban and has strongly criticized Pakistan for its previous backing of the Sunni fundamentalist militia.
Iran condemned the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington but, unlike Pakistan, opposes the US-led military campaign against Afghanistan for harboring prime suspect Osama bin Laden -- AFP
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