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May 17, 2003: Bahrain, Iran sign security pact

Treaty aimed at combatting organised crime, smuggling, drug and weapons trafficking, and allowing the extradition of criminals

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King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa receiving Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Manama on the first visit by an Iranian leader since Islamic revolution. - Gulf News Archives
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Iranian President Mohammad Khatami ended his landmark two-day visit to Bahrain saying they were working with other countries in the region to “rehabilitate” Iraq through an “effective UN role” to ensure the establishment of an Iraqi national government. The signing of a security treaty between the two countries was the highlight of the visit, the first for an Iranian leader in 25 years.

The treaty, which follows similar pacts that Iran signed with Saudi Arabia and Yemen, is aimed at combatting organised crime, smuggling, drug and weapons trafficking, and allowing the extradition of criminals, according to Iranian interior minister Abdul Wahid Mousawi Lari.

“It is an important treaty which will consolidate our efforts to build the bridges of trust not only between Bahrain and Iran but also amongst all countries of the region,” said Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi.

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