Iran to Sign More Security Pacts with Neighbors

Iran Materials 14 June 2011 17:41 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said Tehran plans to launch more security cooperation with the neighboring states, specially in campaigning organized crimes, reported Fars News Agency.

"In a bid to expand regional cooperation, security pacts have already been signed with Oman and Qatar and (endorsement of) a pact with Pakistan is in the final stage," Mohammad-Najjar stated.

"There have also been consultations with the other Persian Gulf littoral states and we are pursuing the issue," the minister stated.

He said such security protocols focus on Iran's principal strategy for maintaining security along borders, confronting organized crimes, human and drug-trafficking.

In 2008, Iran and Bahrain extended a security agreement previously singed by the two countries to increase bilateral cooperation in combating organized terrorism and drug-trafficking.

In August 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Oman signed a security agreement. The agreement was inked by former Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Omani counterpart Yusuf Ben Alawi here in Tehran and during a visit to Iran by Omani King Qaboos bin Said al-Said.

Almost a year later, Azerbaijani and Iranian Interior Ministers Ramil Usubov and Mohammad-Najjar signed a protocol on cooperation in security and in campaign against crime, terrorism and drug-trafficking during the visit of an Iranian delegation to Baku in May 2010.

Early in 2010, Iran and Qatar signed a defensive protocol to increase cooperation between the two neighboring countries.