Iran, Turkey discuss fighting PKK, PJAK, smuggling of goods

TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) – Iran and Turkey conferred on fighting against the PKK, PJAK, and smuggling of goods in a Fri. meeting between Turkey’s Gendarmerie Commander and Iran's border police commander.

Iran's border police commander, Brigadier General Ghasem Rezaie held a meeting on Friday morning with Turkey’s Gendarmerie Commander General Arif Çetin in Boralan district located in the northwestern Iranian Maku County, West Azerbaijan province.

Brigadier General Rezaie said on the sidelines of the meeting in Boralan that “within the framework of agreements reached between two countries' [defense] ministries to enhance cooperation at different levels including border security, a meeting was held between Iran’s border police and Turkey’s gendarmerie commanders in Tehran and a cooperation agreement was signed between the two sides.”

The Iranian border police commander further said that the meeting in Boralan region on Friday morning was held at the invitation of Iran’s police and lasted for two hours.

He added that the Boralan meeting focused on ‘enhancing border cooperation.’

The Iranian border police commander further noted that increasing regional security was one of the issues discussed in the Boralan meeting while issues relating to border trade through the border crossings of 'Bazargan' in Maku, 'Sarv' in Urmia and 'Razi' in Khoy counties, West Azerbaijan were discussed as well.

He also said that the two sides agreed to hold meetings between the military commanders of border provinces every six months and pursue regional developments.

Turkey’s Gendarmerie Commander General Arif Çetin, for his part, said on the sidelines of the meeting that the two countries’ border guards were determined to fight adversary armed groups of the PKK and the PJAK, as well as smuggling of goods across the two countries’ borders. He further expressed hope that the meeting would pave the way for more future cooperation to the benefit of two countries’ border security.


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