Rahmani Fazli

Iran, Kyrgyzstan to boost cooperation in counter-terrorism: Minister

Tasnim – High-ranking officials from Iran and Kyrgyzstan have signed an agreement to boost mutual cooperation in various security fields, including the fight against terrorism and illicit drugs, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said.

Speaking upon his arrival in the Iranian northeastern city of Mashhad on Saturday, Rahmani Fazli pointed to his visit to Kyrgyzstan and said the trip was made to sign the security deal between the two countries after a year of negotiations.

According to the agreement, Iran and Kyrgyzstan will boost cooperation in the fight against illicit drugs, terrorism, extremism, and organized crimes, and exchange information and training in operational fields, the minister stated.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Rahmani Fazli paid a two-day visit to Bishkek to hold talks with senior Kyrgyz officials and sign the security deal.

Back in May, high-ranking diplomats from Iran and Kyrgyzstan held the fourth round of political consultations between the two countries in Tehran.

The negotiations were co-chaired by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Nuran Niazaliyev.

The two sides discussed a range of issues, including mutual, regional, and international cooperation, and reached an agreement on the agenda of meetings between senior officials of Iran and Kyrgyzstan during the current Iranian year (started March 21).

In their talks, Araqchi and Niazaliyev emphasized the need to implement the past agreements and documents signed during the reciprocal visits of the Iranian and Kyrgyz presidents.