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Pakistan, Iran Agree to Increase Anti-Drug Cooperation


Pakistan and Iran have agreed to increase cooperation in fighting terrorism as well as drug and human trafficking.

Kamal Shah of Pakistan's interior ministry told reporters Tuesday the decision was made at a special security meeting last week in Tehran. Shah led Pakistan's delegation to the meeting.

He said it was also decided that border guards from the two countries will hold monthly and quarterly meetings to discuss how to curb drug and human trafficking across the 978-kilometer border they share.

Iran is considered a major route for human traffickers from South Asia who head to Europe. Also, Tehran deports thousands of Pakistanis every year after capturing them for traveling without valid documents.

Shah also told reporters Iranian leaders assured him they will not allow Pakistan's Baluch separatist rebels to take refuge in Iran.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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