India, Iran vow to fight terror

New Delhi-Tehran to share intel

India, Iran vow to fight terror
Vowing to jointly combat terrorism, India and Iran on Monday agreed to share intelligence in a bid to fight the menace that is “rife and rampant” in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during delegation-level talks, discussed the spread of instability, radicalism and terrorism in the region.

The two leaders, who had previously discussed the issue last year when they met in Ufa, Russia, shared common ground on security issues.

“India and Iran share a crucial stake in peace, stability and prosperity of the region. We also have shared concerns over the spread of forces of instability, radicalism and terror in our region,” Modi said in a joint media interaction after bilateral and delegation-level talks with the Iranian leadership on his maiden visit here.

The two nations, he said, “have agreed to consult closely and regularly on combating threats of terrorism, radicalism, drug trafficking and cyber crime.”

The two countries also decided to enhance interaction between their defence and security institutions on regional and maritime security.

The Iranian president said India and Iran have agreed to cooperate on intelligence sharing to combat terrorism.

“Due to the importance of stability and security in the region especially in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.” Rouhani said.

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