Iran Planning to Ink Security Pacts with Central Asia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Tehran plans to endorse security agreements with the countries of Central Asia this Iranian year (started on March 20).
Najjar noted that aside from Central Asia countries, similar agreements are planned to be signed with other regional countries as well.
"To effectively fight drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime such agreements must be signed," Najjar said. "This year, we will also strengthen our co-operation with Afghanistan and Pakistan regarding campaign against drug-trafficking."
In January of 2012, Najjar said that Iran and Russia will be having more extensive cooperation in fighting drug-trafficking. Back then, the Iranian minister noted that Iran and Russia are two countries lying on the main routes for drugs transit to Europe.
The Iranian Interior Ministry has announced an action plan for this year, and the above mentioned issues are included in the list of priorities. Another issue Najjar noted as important was the cooperation between the bordering provinces of Iran and the neighboring countries.
"Trade between the bordering provinces and other neighboring countries must develop," Najjar said. "This must be achieved so that the overall living conditions and security would improve."