Iranian and Turkish officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation against the common threat of terrorism faced by the neighboring countries, Today's Zaman reported.
The MoU is a product of the 12th Turkey-Iran High Security Commission meeting held in Ankara earlier this week, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. During the two-day meeting, the two sides looked at joint measures to deal with terrorist threats posed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), a PKK offshoot operating in Iran.
"The escalation in terrorist activities in the region is harming both of the countries. The most effective method for dealing with this illegal problem is an exchange of intelligence and cooperation in the security field," says the MoU, signed by Abbas Mohtaj, Iran's deputy interior minister for security and political affairs, and Turkey's Interior Ministry Undersecretary Osman Güneş. Iranian and Turkish officials also agreed to have the next meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Security Commission next April in Tehran.
Iran, fighting the PJAK since 2004, has long accused the United States of supporting anti-Iranian groups.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by a large majority of the international community, including the European Union and the United States.
US officials have repeatedly said that Washington considers both the PKK and PJAK to be terrorist organizations, claiming the US would not get involved in any kind of contact or relations with terrorists.
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