Iran Eyes Intelligence Cooperation with Japan against Terrorism

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission called for stronger cooperation with Japan in various fields, including intelligence, as part of international efforts in the fight against terrorism.

One of the areas for cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo could be intelligence efforts in battling terrorism, given the need for concerted, international action against the threat of terrorism, which knows no boundaries, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura, held in Tehran on Saturday.

The senior Iranian lawmaker also lashed out at the US and its regional partners for funding and arming terrorist groups in the region, slamming that policy as a grave mistake.

The Japanese diplomat, for his part, said he has travelled to Tehran in pursuit of practical cooperation between the two countries.

Highlighting the threat of terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), to the Middle East region, Sonoura underlined that such extremist groups have no place in Japan, stressing the need for international efforts to ensure regional security.

The Japanese diplomat has travelled to Iran as a part of a Middle East tour and is going to hold talks with a number of Iranian officials.