Iran, Armenia to Improve Security Cooperation
(FNA)- Iran and Armenia plan to further increase mutual cooperation in security, counter-terrorism and anti-narcotics fields, a senior Iranian interior ministry official announced.
Speaking before his departure for Armenian capital city of Yerevan on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Ali Abdollahi said that the two neighboring countries intend to increase their security cooperation.
Abdollahi further expressed Iran's readiness to transfer its experience to neighboring countries such as Armenia in the fields of training police forces and fighting drugs, terrorism and organized crimes.
Elsewhere, the Iranian official voiced the Islamic Republic of Iran's support for peace and security in the region, and stated that Tehran has made its utmost efforts to establish regional peace and security.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's policy regarding neighboring countries has always been one of strengthening and expanding relations, and therefore, Iran's borders with neighboring countries have always been the borders of peace and friendship," he said.
Iran has long taken various diplomatic initiatives to expand its ties with the neighboring states.
In recent years, Iran and its Northern neighbor Armenia have boosted cooperation, signed agreements on energy cooperation and agreed to cooperate in technology and research and to enhance ties in commerce and economy.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsian pledged in December 2011 to further expand "high-level relations" between their nations and, in particular, give new impetus to the implementation of joint energy projects that have fallen behind schedule.