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Iraq, Iran, Turkey Agree to Boost Anti-Drug Cooperation

Iraq, Iran, Turkey Agree to Boost Anti-Drug CooperationIraq, Iran, Turkey Agree to Boost Anti-Drug Cooperation

Iraqi Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji said he has reached agreement with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to increase cooperation in border control and fight illicit drugs.

In remarks in Ankara on Tuesday, Araji said he had a meeting with the Iranian and Turkish interior ministers, during which the three sides agreed to ensure security of joint borders and prevent the infiltration of drug smugglers, the Arabic-language Alsumaria news agency reported.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Turkey on Tuesday, according to the report.

Speaking to reporters, Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated their commitment to creating a second border crossing linking the two countries. Both leaders underlined the importance of what Abadi called a “direct link” with Turkey.

 

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