By Nigar Abbasova
Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia may strengthen their trilateral cooperation in fight against terrorism, said Mohsen Pak Aein, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan. Highlighting the issue of stirring up of trilateral cooperation in the sphere of anti-terrorism, the ambassador mentioned that the three countries are highly interested in cooperation in this sphere.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the countries have very good prospects of activization of anti-terrorist and anti-drug cooperation in a trilateral format, Ria Novosti reported.
Putin talking to Azertag mentioned that the countries are certainly disturbed by the two major hotbeds of instability - Afghanistan and the Middle East, in the immediate vicinity of their boundaries. The threat of international terrorism and cross-border crime, the flow of drugs, arms smuggling, and movement of militants are coming from there.
The countries have also urged the international community to join efforts in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, according to a draft declaration obtained by RIA Novosti.
The countries are determined to counter terrorism, extremism, cross-border crime, illegal arms trade, drug trafficking, human trafficking and crime in the sphere of ICT. It is also noted that the parties strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The parties recognize that unresolved conflicts in the region are a major obstacle to regional cooperation, and in this regard stress the importance of their early settlement through negotiations and based on principles and norms of international law, according to the draft declaration.
President of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran will held a trilateral meeting in Baku on August 8.Holding the trilateral Baku summit was offered by Azerbaijani president in February during a phone conversation with the Russian president.
Yuriy Ushakov, assistant of the Russian president earlier mentioned that the meeting will be the first one held in trilateral format, therefore, the importance of the meeting is obvious. He mentioned that the countries face similar challenges in the spheres of economy, security and counter terrorism.
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