ISLAMABAD (Dec 2, 2018) — The Iranian capital on Friday will host the second edition of an international gathering of Parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on common security concerns specially fight against terrorism and expansion of inter-regional ties.
During the 2-day conference in Tehran, several issues will be discussed, including fight against terrorism, past experiences, current strategies, adoption of new and efficient regional approaches, expansion of communications, strengthening regional cooperation, and restoring peace and multilateral development in the region.
On Saturday, Pakistan’s parliament speaker as the first head of the inter-parliamentarian gathering will hand over the leadership of the conference to his Iranian counterpart after delivering a short speech.
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and his counterparts from the participating states will also deliver speeches during the conference.
The first conference of Parliament speakers attended by delegates from the six countries was held last year in Islamabad.
Iran, Russia move to expand security collaboration
Iran’s deputy interior minister for security affairs, Hossein Zolfaqari, met with Vasilii Piskarev, the chairman of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Security and Corruption Control, last month in which both sides stressed the need to finalize a bilateral security agreement and described cybersecurity, the fight against terrorism and countering drug proliferation and illegal immigration as key aspects of such an accord.
One of Iran’s goals in signing such an agreement is to boost its domestic security, particularly considering the threats emanating from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, which, to be deterred, require transnational cooperation, reported Iranian media.
Iran and Afghan peace process
Last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended the UN-sponsored Geneva Conference on Afghanistan in Switzerland.
Earlier last month, Iranian officials participated in the international diplomatic conference in Russia to further the Afghan peace process. It was the first meeting of the Moscow Format in which a delegation of the Afghan Taliban also attended.
Senior officials from China, Iran and Central Asian Republics also participated in the Russian-led meeting.
The Moscow Format was initiated in late 2016 and whose membership has increased to 11 countries.
Regional countries bordering or in close proximity of Afghanistan seek consensus on Afghan peace process as the US, Nato and allies mull political solution to the 17-year-old unwinnable war.