Turkish official says security in border with Iran "good"

Iran Materials 18 January 2007 18:03 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Thge governor general of the Turkish province of Van, Mehmet Niyazi Tanilir, on Thursday assessed as "good" the security situation in his country's joint borders with Iran.

His remarks were made at a meeting with the governor of the northwestern Iranian city of Maku Safar Asari and the city's officials, reports Trend.

Tanilir said Iran-Turkey bilateral relations were on the rise and that expansion of cultural and trade ties between the two countries would improve security in the region.

He praised the great efforts of Iranian officials to battle terrorist agents and smugglers at their joint borders.

He said he has had constructive talks with Iran's West Azarbaijan officials, and called for further booosting of ties in various fields.

Asari, for his part, expressed confidence security can be strengthened and sustained at the two countries' joint borders.

He urged border officials to do more to promote trade and economic activities.

The Iranian cities of Orumiyeh, Salmas, Khoy, Chaldoran and Maku in West Azarbaijan have joint borders with Turkey. The province is regarded as a rail and transit gate to European states.