Iran, Russia Upgrading Intelligence Ties

A00219802.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Top intelligence officials from Iran and Russia have agreed to boost bilateral ties in their fight against terrorism and extremism.

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie on Friday met with the new head of Russian Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed mutual extensive cooperation for information and intelligence sharing, the Islamic republic news agency quoted the Iranian Embassy in Russia as saying on Friday.

Ejeie told Bortnikov that the requisite for such cooperation is regular exchange of meetings and views.

No more information on the meeting is available.

Iran’s Information Minister also attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) anti-terrorist exercises Volgograd Anti-Terror 2008, that was held in Russia’s Volgograd from August 18-September 4.

On the sidelines of the visit, Ejeie met and conferred with the SCO officials on campaign against extremism and terrorism.

Also the conference of the top brass of security agencies and special services from the SCO member states opened in Volgograd on Wednesday, 3 September, to precede antiterrorist exercises Volgograd Anti-Terror 2008.

The participants in the conference discussed the improvement of international ties in opposing terrorism, including through the organization of joint investigative operations to prevent acts of terrorism in the territories of the SCO members.

The active phase of the SCO anti-terrorist exercises took place on 3-4 September.

The exercises were aimed at practicing teamwork between the units from each SCO member state.

That was the second stage of the SCO joint antiterrorist exercises.

During the first stage, which took place in Volgograd in late August, the participants practiced search and investigative operations to prevent the activity of terrorist groups.

The SCO is comprised of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan hold observer status in the organization.

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