Russian security council chief to attend Tehran security meeting
Moscow, Russian national security chief will arrive in Tehran on Wednesday to attend a high-level meeting with his regional counterparts.
Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Nikolai Patrushev will attend the meeting in Tehran dubbed the regional security dialogue.
At the upcoming meeting that will be hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Secretariat Supreme National Security Council, the ways to fight terrorism, extremism and new threats posed by the phenomena in West Asia will be discussed.
The participants of the meeting who will be national security secretaries and advisors of Iran, Russia, China, India and Afghanistan, will also hold bilateral meetings and talks.
The press service of Russia's Security Council has announced that Afghanistan's current situation and Taliban movements will be discussed at multilateral meetings in Tehran.
'Multilateral consultations between the Security Councils on the Afghan issue will be held in Tehran on September 26,' a report of Russian TASS news agency cited the statement. 'Russia will be represented by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev at the meeting,' according to the statement.
Moscow has expressed concerns over the growing extremism in Afghanistan. The Russian secretary at the meeting of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in August said that the number of fighters in north Afghanistan has risen to 20,000. The number in regions bordering Tajikistan amounts to 7,000, according to the Russian official.
The forum will come less than a week after a terrorist attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran that left 25 people, including children, killed.
Following the recent terrorist attack in Ahvaz, Moscow declared readiness to cooperate with Iran on security issues.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA