Iran to host 6-party anti-terror conference

Tasnim– Iran will play host to the next meeting of the parliament speakers of six regional countries on the ways to combat the threat of terrorism and coordinate counterterrorism efforts, an MP said.

The next six-party conference on regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism will be held in Tehran in early 2019, Ardeshir Nourian, member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy commission told Tasnim.

He also hoped that Tehran conference could lay the ground for the establishment of a regional organization for countering extremism and terrorism.

The previous meeting of the parliament speaker of Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey was held in Islamabad in December 2017.

The idea to hold such gatherings was put forward by Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq during the 2nd meeting of the Eurasian Parliaments’ Speakers in Seoul in June 2017.

In 2015, Iran’s Interior Ministry unveiled plans for a series of joint meetings with Pakistani experts to discuss how the two neighbors can coordinate efforts in the fight against terrorism and narcotics smuggling.

Earlier in December 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed the country’s preparedness to cooperate with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism, after gunmen attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 132 students.

Iran has always called for concerted action by the regional countries in the fight against terrorism, and has launched security and intelligence cooperation with the neighbors in countering terrorist operations, particularly along the border areas.