Iran, Uzbekistan Emphasize the Fight against the Spread of Terrorism, Extremism

In a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council called the prevention of the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region among the two countries' common security concerns and stressed the need to work to counter these threats.

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme Security Council of our country, who is in Tashkent, met this morning (Wednesday) with "Viktor Mahmudov", National Security Advisor to the President of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, the two sides expressed hope for the impact of the signing of a joint security cooperation document between Iran and Uzbekistan on the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries and discussed how to participate in bilateral and regional issues.

Referring to Uzbekistan's crucial geopolitical position in the heart of Central Asia and its special place in security and regional co-operation, Shamkhani said: Issues such as preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region are among the common security concerns of the two countries, and we must try to be more successful in countering these threats.

Shamkhani added: The joint borders of Iran and Uzbekistan with Afghanistan require increased cooperation to resolve problems and establish peace and stability in the country.

He expressed hope for further acceleration of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries:

Fortunately, with the will of the presidents of the two countries, economic cooperation has grown by 70%, and this process needs to continue to achieve growth of at least $ 1 billion.

Uzbek National Security Adviser Viktor Mahmudov also stressed the need to speed up the implementation of agreements reached by senior officials of the two countries to maximize bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, transit, and security dimensions, and said: "Your visit to Uzbekistan can play a decisive role." To accelerate the developing relations between the two countries and to establish fruitful security cooperation to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Expressing satisfaction with Iran's membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, he said:

Uzbekistan, as the current chairman of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, will use all its potential for Iran's permanent membership in the organization.