TEHRAN, June 18 (Mehr News Agency) – The Iran-Kuwait security agreement signed last Tuesday on the second day of Kuwaiti Minister of State Muhammad Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah’s visit to Iran will strengthen regional cooperation, writes the daily Tehran Times in a commentary to appear on Thursday.

After signing the agreement with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari mentioned Iran's security concerns, saying that the presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf is a threat to regional security and adding that outside forces should not come to the region under the pretext of guaranteeing security.

 

According to the paper, the Islamic Republic has signed similar agreements with Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Bahrain, and is determined to sign security agreements with other regional states.

 

Fighting drug smuggling, human trafficking, organized crime, unauthorized border crossings, money laundering, and other illegal economic activities, as well as exchanging information were among the provisions of the Iran-Kuwait security agreement, said the Times.

 

“The two countries have similar viewpoints on the threats to regional states, so they are making efforts to boost bilateral relations,” it added, “Political analysts believe that security cooperation requires mutual trust among regional countries, which must be strengthened in order to confront common threats.”

 

Saying that there are many good opportunities for cooperation among regional states in various fields, the paper suggested that ties can not be boosted without establishing security.

 

“The current situation in Iraq makes this reality even clearer. The outcome of the Iraqi crisis will affect not only the Iraqi nation but all the other regional states as well.”

 

The commentary concludes stressing that the Iran-Kuwait security agreement is a step toward strengthening cooperation and dealing more effectively with common threats as well as a move which could encourage foreign forces to withdraw from the region.

 

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MNA

 

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