Iran, South Africa urge intelligence cooperation in anti-terror fight


Iran and South Africa call for strengthening “intelligence and political” cooperation in a genuine fight against violence and terrorism, which pose a serious threat to the Middle East, Africa and the entire world.

In a joint press conference with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, in Tehran on Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the two sides discussed possible cooperation between the two countries’ intelligence services and also political cooperation to that end.

“This can be very helpful and effective in combating terrorist groups,” the Iranian president stated.

He added that the two sides exchanged views on the latest regional issues including developments in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Both Iran and South Africa believe that an inter-Yemeni dialog can settle the conflict in the impoverished country while a political solution can restore stability to Syria, the Iranian president said.

He also stated that the two countries urged support for the Iraqi government in its fight against terrorism in a bid to improve stability and peace in the Arab state.

“Like in the past, the two countries will have more serious cooperation in the field of international issues, particularly the future of the United Nations and reforms that the United Nations Security Council must undertake so that countries can defend their interests in the United Nations and particularly in the Security Council,” President Rouhani said.