Friday, January 14, 2005

Japan praises Iran’s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking

Japan praises Iran�s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking: "Japan praises Iran’s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) -- Japan's visiting deputy Foreign Minister Ichiro Isawa met here on Wednesday with Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
In the meeting, Rafsanjani analyzed developments in both Iraq and the region stating, "The American military presence in the area is a persistent threat against security and stability in the region.

"Holding an election in Iraq is the first positive step toward Iraq's independence, the Iraqi people's sovereignty, and their ability to make decisions for their own fate," he added.

Referring to Japan's importance and position in Iran's foreign policy, Rafsanjani said that the Iranian people and government greatly honor Japan as a nation who succeeded in achieving beneficial progress in their country.

Isawa, for his part, explained his government's positions concerning regional and international issues and said stability in the Middle East region is a benefit to world peace.

He stressed his country's efforts in providing security, reconstruction and political progress in Iraq and praised Iran's effort in those areas.

Isawa also appreciated Iran's hard work and efforts in the campaign against terrorism and narcotic drugs.

Japan's deputy foreign minister also asked Iran's support for Japan's membership at the UN Security Council."

Iran Mania News

Iran Mania News: "Iran, Turkey to expand security cooperation

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LONDON, Jan 14 (IranMania) - The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on security cooperation.

Iran`s Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Motahar signed the MoU with his Turkish counterpart during the 21st session of Joint Security Committee in Ankara.

The MoU focuses on campaign against drug trafficking, smuggling of goods, human trafficking, money laundering, terrorism as well as organized crimes at bilateral and regional levels as well as among the ECO members states.

It was agreed that the 22nd session of the Joint Security Committee would be held in December-November 2005.

The Iranian delegation consisted of representatives from ministry of foreign affairs, interior ministry, army and police."