Dec 05, 2021 12:11 UTC
  • Iranian, Kyrgyz officials discuss security cooperation

Top security officials from Iran and Kyrgyzstan weighed plans for closer political and security cooperation between the two countries, with both stressing the need for concerted action to ensure stability in Afghanistan.

According to Tasnim News Agency, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and Vice Chairman of the Security Council of Kyrgyzstan Talatbek Masadykov held a meeting in Tehran on Sunday to explore avenues for the enhancement of regional and international cooperation between the two nations.

They also stressed the need to promote cooperation between Tehran and Bishkek in the political, security and economic arenas.

Iran and Kyrgyzstan share civilizational commonalities and also face common interests and threats, Shamkhani said, expressing the Iranian knowledge-based companies’ readiness to work with Kyrgyzstan.

The Iranian official then attributed the current critical conditions in Afghanistan to the wrong policies of the US which have resulted in crises in the region after more than 20 years of occupation.

“Considering the need for the establishment of peace, stability, and sustainable security in Afghanistan, we believe the formation of an inclusive government involving all ethnicities is a main factor in achieving such goal,” Shamkhani said.

For his part, Masadykov voiced Kyrgyzstan’s willingness to broaden the economic, political and security interaction with Iran.

Highlighting the common stances of Kyrgyzstan and Iran on the Afghan crisis, the visiting official said it is necessary for the regional countries to use collective and coordinated initiatives in order to prevent humanitarian catastrophe, extreme poverty and spread of terrorism in Afghanistan.

He suggested that Bishkek and Tehran can step up security cooperation and share experiences in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crimes.

Iran, Kyrgyzstan stress further expansion of all-out cooperation

In another meeting on Sunday, the Kyrgyz security official met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

During the meeting, both sides stressed their respective countries’ determination to boost mutual cooperation and expand relations in all possible areas over the long run.

The two sides also discussed the ongoing developments in Afghanistan with Iran’s foreign minister stressing the need for the establishment of an inclusive government that would encompass all Afghan ethnic groups, in order to restore stability and peace to the war-torn country.

The top Iranian diplomat outlined the Islamic Republic's policies vis-à-vis its neighboring states and said the exchange of views among the two countries' officials demonstrates both sides' determination to promote cooperation.

He also hailed the successful holding of the recent parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan.

The Iranian foreign minister stressed the importance of providing the necessary ground for the expansion of cooperation by establishing direct flights between Tehran and Bishkek, which would facilitate visits by both sides' tradesmen, political delegations and tourists.

Other important issued highlighted by Iran's top diplomat included the two countries' cooperation in the fields of transportation and transit as well as test operation of the Kyrgyzstan-Bandar Abbas railway, which aims to connect Kyrgyzstan to the West Asian region.

Masadykov, for his part, expressed hope that a new chapter would open in bilateral cooperation in various fields, including the economic sector, based on the existing capacities.