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Iran, India Agree to Boost Security Cooperation to Fight Terrorism

© REUTERS / President.irIran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tehran, Iran May 23, 2016.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tehran, Iran May 23, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to boost the links between their countries' security services to help fight terrorism, drug trafficking and cybercrimes, Indian media reported Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, the Indian prime minister arrived in Tehran on his first official visit to Iran. The sides are expected to sign several bilateral contracts.

"Due to the importance of stability and security in the region, especially in such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and taking into account the fact that the problem called terrorism is relevant today as never before, our two counties discussed how they can cooperate on intelligence and get closer in the fight against terrorism and extremism, how they can contribute to the stability and security in the region," Rouhani said during a press conference broadcast by the Times Now TV channel.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tehran, Iran May 23, 2016. - Sputnik International
Moving Forward: India, Iran Sign Strategic Chabahar Port Agreement
Furthermore, Modi and Rouhani agreed to enhance cooperation between their defense and security authorities.

Earlier in the day, a trilateral Iran-India-Afghanistan accord envisioning the development of the Chabahar port in Iran was signed. The development of the port would allow Afghanistan to gain direct access to India via the sea, while Indian goods would be able to reach Central Asia without having to pass through Pakistan.

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