Tashkent(IP)- Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council, who visited Tashkent, met on Wednesday morning with the National Security Secretary of Uzbekistan, discussing ways to boost cooperation in bilateral and regional issues.

Iran PressAsia: During the meeting, the two sides expressed hope for the impact of the signing of a joint security cooperation document between Tehran and Tashkent on the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries and discussed ways to participate in bilateral and regional issues.

Referring to Uzbekistan's significant geopolitical position in the heart of Central Asia and its special place in security and regional cooperation, Admiral Ali Shamkhani said: "Issues such as preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region are among the common security concerns of the two countries, and we must try to be more successful in countering these threats."

Shamkhani added: "The common borders of Iran and Uzbekistan with Afghanistan require increased cooperation to resolve problems and establish peace and stability in the country."

Expressing hope for further acceleration of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council noted that fortunately, with the will of the presidents of the two countries, economic cooperation has grown by 70%, which is necessary for this process to continue. 

Uzbek National Security Secretary Viktor Mahmudov also stressed the need to speed up the implementation of agreements reached by senior officials of the two countries to maximize bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, transit, and security dimensions, and said: "Your visit to Uzbekistan can play a decisive role to accelerate the developing relations between the two countries and to establish fruitful security cooperation to maintain peace and stability in the region."

Expressing satisfaction with Iran's membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), he said: "Uzbekistan, as the current chairman of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, will use all its capacities for Iran's permanent membership in this organization."

It is worth mentioning that Ali Shamkhani will continue his two-day visit to Uzbekistan and will meet with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Wednesday afternoon.

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