0109 GMT July 05, 2022
Iran and Uzbekistan on Wednesday signed a document to set up a joint commission to boost their security cooperation.
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s National Security Council, inked the security deal on the first day of his two-day visit to Tashkent, with his Uzbek counterpart Viktor Makhmudov.
The document paves the way for joint cooperation between Tehran and Tashkent in the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other overseas organized crimes, IRNA reported.
“Issues such as preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region are among the common security concerns of the two countries, and we must try to act more electively in countering such threats,” Shamkhani said in his meeting with Makhmudov.
He noted that Iran and Uzbekistan share borders with Afghanistan and this requires increased cooperation to address problems and establish peace and stability in that country.
The Uzbek official expressed hope that security cooperation between Tashkent and Tehran would help maintain regional peace and security.
Under the pact, Iran and Uzbekistan will share intelligence, work together on a wide range of security issues and hold joint security commission meetings annually in Tehran and Tashkent to assess the results of cooperation.
“Activating regional capacities to create lasting stability is considered a prerequisite to the development and promotion of regional cooperation in the Iranian administration,” Shamkhani said in a tweet on Monday.
He added the establishment of the joint security commission between Iran and Uzbekistan would be a “crucial step in this direction”.