Iran, Turkey to cooperate more on security

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (MNA) – Following his recent trip to Turkey, Iranian deputy interior minister told reporters on Tuesday in Tehran they discussed implementing the joint security agreement with Turkish officials.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting of provincial governors in Tehran, Hossein Zolfaghari, Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister for Security said “in our detailed meeting with the Turkish authorities we discussed the implementation and updating a security agreement between the two countries which existed before.”

He underlined that so far a series of joint issues like terrorist issues, human trafficking, arms trafficking, alcoholic drinks smuggling have been discussed during expert level meetings held in Iran and Turkey.

Pointing to the important results at the latest meetings, deputy interior minister said "we reached a mechanism for cooperation regarding the mentioned issues that did not exist before, and the duties of the security commissions of the two countries were clarified and approved."

"We appointed the counter-narcotics police, and also the representatives from General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, to have the charge of operations against terrorist groups. In the field of immigration, both sides will cooperate more,” Zolfaghari asserted.

He noted that the threat of Takfiri terrorist groups and their willingness to attack the neighboring countries, and Turkey government’s new approach over the past few months in relation with regional issues in particular have brought the two countries closer to each other.

Zolfaghari said the two sides agreed to increase the number of joint working groups meetings to four times a year.

With regard to the opening of border crossings in the west of the country, deputy interior minister said they are waiting for the official orders in that regard adding “the two sides are installing physical barriers and concrete walls, which bring more security to both sides.”


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