Iran, Turkey ink pact to fight drug trafficking, terrorism

August 15th, 2008 - 1:29 am ICT by IANS  

Ankara, Aug 14 (Xinhua) Turkey and Iran Thursday signed agreements to cooperate in the fight against illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and terrorism, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. The cooperation agreements were signed during a high-level meeting in Istanbul between the Turkish and Iranian delegation, chaired by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his visiting counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad respectively.

Earlier in the day, Ahmadinejad arrived in the Turkish city starting his controversial first visit to Turkey during which he will discuss Tehran’s nuclear issue and bilateral economic cooperation.

The Iranian leader met his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and was also due to hold talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials.

Following the meeting, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that a committee would be established to follow illicit drug trafficking, illegal migration, human smuggling and various other crimes both in Turkish and Iranian parts of the border.

Atalay said that the agreement, signed to establish the committee, was a wide-range one in the field of security. It also included sharing of information and intelligence between the two countries and assist each other in those fields.

Turkish State Minister Mehmet Simsek and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also singed cooperation agreements on environment and transportation between the two countries.

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