Iran, Saudi Arabia cooperation against drugs in the Gulf
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 7/16/2007
Iran's Secretary General of the Drugs Campaign Headquarters Brigadier General Esmaeel Ahmadi-Moqaddam in Tehran today called for expansion of Iran-Saudi Arabia cooperation to guarantee further security in the Persian Gulf Region.
Ahmadi-Moqaddam said foreign presence in Persian Gulf has encouraged expansion of terrorism. He said Iran and Saudi Arabia as two influential states in the region can effectively contribute to growing security there.
He also called for Iran-Saudi Arabia cooperation to fight human and drugs smuggling. "Though Iran has made lengthy efforts to prevent drugs transit via its territory, it is still on the road for transit of drugs to Arab states. So more efforts should be made for drugs campaign," he added.
He said it is important for regional states to launch joint campaign against drugs. He added that Iran and Saudi Arabia can share information on guaranteeing security of the Persian Gulf blue lines.
The official also urged Saudi-Iranian cooperation in manpower training, border guarding, and sports. Saudi coast guard commander Major General Talal Bin Mohsen al-Anqavi welcomed Iran-Saudi cooperation to guarantee security of the region and the Persian Gulf blue line.
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