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    Turkey-Iraq ink security agreement

    Hürriyet Haber
    23.02.2006 - 09:28 | Son Güncelleme:

    The 11th Tehran-Ankara High Security Council Session came to a close on Tuesday with Turkey and Iran inking a security agreement based on further cooperation to fortify borders and prevent smuggling of goods, drugs, weapons and hallucinogenic substances across the joint border. The document was signed by Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr and his Turkish counterpart, Shahabeddin Harput, in the premises of the Iranian interior ministry in Tehran.

    At a joint press conference after the signing Zolqadr told reporters that Tehran and Ankara had agreed to intensify security measures in their joint border to prevent illegal border crossings and traffic of goods, fuel and humans.

    Fighting terrorism was also among the list of agreements. Harput noted that the agreement it is hoped will make the borders safer and that these crimes would diminish with the new security agreement. He added that Turkey has been fighting terrorism for so lone that up to 35,000 lives have bee lost and that this new agreement would further strengthen ties between Ankara and Tehran to launch joint measures to strengthen ongoing efforts.

    Zolqadr added that the agreement was "one step forward" towards strengthening bilateral relations given the fact that Iran and Turkey enjoyed an almost 200-year-old history of cordial ties which should be carefully preserved.
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