TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said Tehran and Ankara enjoy close security cooperation and make joint efforts to fight against terrorism.

“Iran and Turkey have serious cooperation in the area of security and counter-terrorism,” Zolfaqari said on Saturday.

In both countries, there is a deep understanding of the development of cooperation and implementation of previous agreements in various areas, he added.

The official went on to say that during the recent visit of Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu to Tehran, good agreements were reached in various fields.

The remarks came after high-ranking officials from Iran and Turkey signed a roadmap for the development of cooperation between the two neighboring countries in various security fields, including efforts to boost border control and counter money laundering.

The roadmap was signed at the end of the second session of the joint working group of interior ministry officials of Iran and Turkey held in Ankara from Wednesday to Friday.

Zolfaqari and his Turkish counterpart headed the delegations of the two countries in the session. 

In the three-day session, the two sides focused on various areas of cooperation, including efforts to combat drug smuggling, human trafficking, organized crimes, illegal border crossing, terrorism and money laundering.