Tourism, trade transactions ensuring security of borders: deputy FM

TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Gholamreza Ansari said on Tuesday that tourism prosperity and reinforcement of trade transactions can increase security at Iran’s borders.

Leading a delegation, Ansari paid a visit to Iran-Iraqi Kurdistan joint borders and the held border markets in Iranian northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.

He also had a joint meeting with road officials from Iraqi Kurdistan in Sulaymanieh, in the Kurdistan Region, where he urged the present market in Kileh in Sardasht (a city in and the capital of Sardasht County, West Azerbaijan Province) to become an official border market.

As reported, the border police commanders of the Iranian governorate of Sardasht and Iraq Kurdistan’s Sulaymaniyah held a meeting to discuss expansion of border cooperation between two sides in mid-February, 2019.

The border police commander of Iranian governorate of Sardasht Major Esmaeili held a meeting with the Brigadier General Emid Fakhraddin, the border police commander of the Iraqi Kurdistan’s Sulaymaniyah province, to discuss border security issues.

Major Esmaeili said in the meeting that “given the activities and malicious plots of the enemies, it is necessary to increase bilateral relations.”

Brigadier General Emid Fakhraddin, for his part, expressed his happiness with the border cooperation between the two sides, stressing the need for stepped up cooperation to resolve border issues.

At the end of the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two sides to increase and solidify mutual cooperation.

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