Georgia Armenia Iran Join in Anti Drug Battle

TBILISI (Reuters)–Georgia–Armenia and Iran agreed on Thursday to conduct joint measures against the spread of drugs in the region–officials said.

"This problem is acute for the whole region and fighting effectively against it is possible only through joint efforts," Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Irakly Menagarishvili said after signing a memorandum of understanding between the three states.

Foreign ministers of the three countries say cooperation against the drug trade could extend into other areas as well.

"Such a document signing will strengthen ties between our countries. We are also seeking ways of collaborating in other spheres," Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kamal Kharrazi said.

His Armenian colleague Vardan Oskanian said cooperation against drugs today was vital for future generations.

"If drugs spread in our countries–eradication of the problem will be impossible," he said.

Ministers expressed their hope that neighboring Azerbaijan would also join the anti-drug fight soon.

Armenia retains the right to purchase weapons required for its national security and deploy them throughout its territory as it deems proper–Oskanian said at a press briefing after the ceremony of signing a memorandum on fighting against drug trafficking in Tbilisi on Thursday–reported the BBC.

The Azeri authorities have voiced a protest against Armenia buying eight Typhoon salvo-fire missile installations from China.

The state adviser to the Azeri president–Vafa Guluzade–had said in an interview with Prime-News that by deploying these weapons in its territory–Armenia had been breaking the equilibrium of forces in the region and creating danger to the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline.

"Friendly Georgia is facing no danger from Armenia," Oskanian said at the briefing.

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