1015 GMT April 21, 2021
In a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant General Hamed Abdullah Ibrahim, in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian Border Police Chief General Ahmad-Ali Goudarzi said the Islamic Republic expects the Iraqi forces to fill the vacuum along the common border and get actively involved in the battle against the trafficking of weapons, ammunition and anti-cultural items into Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Highlighting the Iranian Police’s vigorous fight against hostile groups, armed outlaws and arms smugglers along the common border with Iraq, the commander stressed the need to share experiences with the Arab country to ensure sustainable border security.
General Goudarzi also noted that the Iranian Police have seized around 130 tons of illicit drugs along the frontiers since March 2020 and prevented the smuggling of more than 81,000 farm animals out of Iran.
He said Iran’s border guards have developed the professional capability to safeguard 8,755 kilometers of borders with 15 neighboring countries.
Commenting on the 1,609-kilometer border between Iran and Iraq, the commander added the two countries have good interactions given the length of their common border.
Goudarzi said Iran has not allowed border markets to be closed during the pandemic.
Iraq’s Border Control commander condemned Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran, expressing hope that Iran, as the most powerful regional country, would continue standing against the pressure.
Ibrahim also commemorated the top Iranian commander, General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraq's PMU commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were assassinated in a terrorist attack by the US outside Baghdad airport last year.
Commenting on the joint sacrifices made by Iranian and Iraqi people in the fight against Daesh terrorists, he asserted that the brotherhood between the two nations secured them the victory.
The Iraqi commander said the country is strengthening and equipping its borders to better fight terrorists, hostile groups and smuggling of arms, ammunition and anti-cultural items.
Last month, Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to set up specialized courts with jurisdiction over economic and trade disputes involving the nationals of the two countries.
The two neighbors have agreed to form specialized courts in the capitals and in border provinces to work on the economic and trade issues.