Top Iranian and Uzbekistani officials on Wednesday said they have signed an agreement to set up a joint security committee, while reiterated their call for closer relations in all other areas besides security and intelligence cooperation.
Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and his Uzbek counterpart Victor Makhmudov signed the agreement in Tashkent, in which the two countries agreed to jointly fight terrorism, extremism, drug smuggling, and other organized crimes.
SNSC in a statement said that the two countries, based on the agreement, are compelled to start a wide range of intelligence and security cooperation.
The statement furthered that the two states will convene annual committee meetings to assess the outcome of their joint efforts.
In a tweet post, Shamkhani described the inking of the agreement as an “important step” toward strengthening bilateral ties.
“Activating regional capacities to create lasting stability is considered a prerequisite to the development and promotion of regional cooperation in the 13th administration,” Shamkhani said, adding, the establishment of a joint security commission between Iran and Uzbekistan is a “crucial step in this direction.”
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