News ID: 263107
Published: 0408 GMT December 17, 2019

Senior Iran, China security officials discuss counterterrorism

Senior Iran, China security officials discuss counterterrorism

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and Chinese Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing held talks on a range of issues, including ways to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Speaking at the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, Shamkhani appreciated China’s active presence in the Regional Security Dialogue, whose second edition will be held in Tehran today, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He also expressed hope that countries participating in the international conference would take constructive steps to boost stability and security in the region through joint efforts.

Shamkhani also highlighted the determination of the leaders of the two countries to promote strategic partnership and develop comprehensive relations between Tehran and Beijing.

He said Iranian and Chinese security institutions can play a special role in realizing bilateral agreements in political, economic and defense areas.

The Chinese official also praised Iran's initiative to establish the Regional Security Dialogue.

The second session of the Regional Security Dialogue will be held in Tehran with senior security officials of Iran, Russia, China, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in attendance.

The one-day gathering focuses on the issue of Afghanistan and the fight against various forms of terrorism in the country, according to an SNSC statement.

On the sidelines of the event, there will also be bilateral meetings between the national security advisers and secretaries attending the meeting.

The first round of the Regional Security Dialogue was held in September last year with the participation of Iran, Russia, China, India and Afghanistan in a bid to increase coordination among regional countries against Takfiri terrorism.


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