News ID: 206293
Published: 0317 GMT December 16, 2017

Iran, Turkey sign security cooperation roadmap

Iran, Turkey sign security cooperation roadmap

Iran and Turkey signed a roadmap for the development of cooperation between the two neighboring countries in various security fields, including efforts to boost border control and counter money laundering.

The roadmap was signed at the end of the second session of the joint working group of interior ministry officials of Iran and Turkey held in Ankara from Wednesday to Friday.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari and his Turkish counterpart headed the delegations of the two countries in the session. 

In the three-day session, the two sides focused on various areas of cooperation, including efforts to combat drug smuggling, human trafficking, organized crimes, illegal border crossing, terrorism and money laundering.

In early October, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan paid an official visit to Iran with a high-ranking delegation to attend the fourth round of strategic meetings between Iran and Turkey and to discuss the latest regional developments and the status of bilateral ties with Iranian officials.

Iran and Turkey signed a number of cooperation agreements during the presidential visit.

On December 9, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu visited Tehran and met his Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

The Turkish minister said that cooperation on security between Turkey and its neighbor Iran is “vital” for the region.

“To create peace and prosperity as well as lasting security in the region it is essential that the two major building blocks of a large civilization – Iran and Turkey – come together, especially in security matters,” Soylu said.

They discussed issues such as terrorism, immigration, border issues, drugs trafficking and organized crime.

The Iranian interior minister said Turkey and Iran shared common concerns. “The two countries have achieved success in security,” he said.

“With cooperation between Iran, Turkey and other regional states, we will end new tensions,” Rahmani Fazli said, citing the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group in region.

 

   
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