Iran: Illegal border points need sealing

Iran Materials 2 July 2011 14:20 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underscored the importance of closing 'all' illegal border points to stem the smuggling of commodities and foreign exchanges, Press TV reported with reference to IRIB.

Ahmadinejad made the comments at a gathering on ways to prevent and counter unlawful imports and exports of goods and foreign exchanges.

Ahmadinejad also urged speedy structural reforms within the country's customs and trades mechanisms for a better regulatory oversight of commerce.

Iranian officials have on various occasions called for the securing of Iran's borderlines to prevent smuggling and ward off other threats against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has 5,440 kilometers of land borders. The country shares its northern borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan which extend for more than 2,000 kilometers, including about 650 kilometers of water along the southern shore of the Caspian Sea.

Iran's western borders are with Turkey and Iraq, and to the east with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman littoral states form the country's 1,770 kilometers of southern border.

Iran and Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding on improving border cooperation in October to step up the campaign against terrorism and prevent illegal border crossings.

The Islamic Republic is also building a border barrier on its border with Pakistan.