Iranian, Russian Justice Ministries to Ink Agreements on Sea Security
The Iranian and Russian Justice Ministries are due to sign a number of agreements on the future of mutual cooperation on sea security and their joint combat against drug-trafficking, FNA reported.
The Russian Justice Ministry handed over the drafts of documents for the legal procedures of the future cooperation on sea security to Tehran last week.
The agreements will be signed by the end of the year during a visit to Tehran by Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov.
The justice ministries of the two countries will also collaborate in the campaign against the illegal drug trade out of Afghanistan since Russia and Iran are at the crossroads of the distribution lines.
In December 2010, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation in the campaign against drug production and trafficking.
Iran and Russia as two neighboring states have strengthened their bilateral relations in recent years, specially in economic and political fields.
Earlier this month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a phone conversation underlined their eagerness to develop mutual cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
"Russia is prepared for all kinds of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran," Medevedev said, stressing Moscow's interest in activating bilateral relations in the transportation and energy sectors and in boosting the volume of trade exchanges.
During the conversation, the two presidents referred to the abundant potentials existing for the promotion of the level of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, and underlined the necessity for the activation of all capacities to further strength the two countries' bilateral relations.
The Iranian president, for his part, called for consolidating the two countries' friendship and cooperation, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes expansion of bilateral ties with Russia in all fields.