ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said Pakistan’s stability is contingent upon the enhancement of strong ties with Iran, reported Press TV.

“If Pakistan wants its stability in the region, it should maintain strong relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mukhtar said in a Saturday interview.

He described the current military cooperation between Iran and Pakistan as “highly satisfactory and growing” and called for the further enhancement of bilateral ties in all spheres.

Pointing to the recent tripartite summit of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan in Islamabad, Mukhtar noted that the issue of the Taliban tops the security agenda of the three countries.

On Friday, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrapped up his two-day trip to Pakistan following his participation in the summit for discussions on regional cooperation and developments. US officials have meanwhile held several rounds of secret talks with the Taliban as part of Washington’s strategy for withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Last month, the Taliban confirmed that they have reached a preliminary agreement with Washington to set up a liaison office in the Persian Gulf State of Qatar.  Washington has so far maintained secrecy over the talks and the countries from which the Taliban representatives are dispatched to Qatar.