SCO Eying Cooperation with Iran on Terror Fight in Afghanistan

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure (RCTS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) unveiled plans for promoting cooperation with Iran in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

SCO Eying Cooperation with Iran on Terror Fight in Afghanistan

The SCO is going to boost the frequency of interaction with Iran and exchange of information on anti-terror activities, Sputnik quoted RCTS’s press service as saying on Monday.

“In 2016, the participation of Iran’s relevant authorities in events held by the RATS (RCTS) will increase due to the intensification of the terrorist threat in Afghanistan,” it added.

The Executive Committee of the Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is the permanent body of the SCO RCTS based in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Its main tasks and duties include interaction with the competent institutions of the member states and international organizations to tackle terrorism and extremism, according to its official website.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization currently has six full members -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are six observer states, and SCO’s dialogue partners include Sri Lanka and Turkey.

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