Iran, Belarus sign judicial cooperation documents

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran and Belarus Justice Ministers signed two documents and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on judicial cooperation, transferring prisoners and extradition of criminals.

Iran's Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the former Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, and Justice Minister Gholam Hossein Elham arrived in Belarus on Tuesday night in a bid to explore the procedure of bilateral cooperation.

During a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Shahroudi said Iran is willing to increase economic cooperation with the country by 1 billion dollars annually and turn Iran-Belarus ties into strategic ones.

Iran-Belarus commercial cooperation reached 83.9 million dollars in 2008, increased by 34.1 percent comparing to 2007.

Lukashenko on his part said his country has remained committed to its obligations towards Iran and believes that agreed plans will provide interests of the two sides.

He described Iran as Belarus' major regional partner.

Also in a meeting with Belarusian Supreme Court Chief, Shahroudi said expansionists are insulting to beliefs and religious values of the people in the world, but they say opposition to Israel's racism and its anti-human measures is a crime.

The Belarusian official on his part said the West misuses Belarus' resistance for making welfare and tough punishments for criminals to accuse the country of violation of human rights.

Iran's Judiciary Chief also held talks with Belarusian Parliament Speaker Baris Batura and the Mufti of Belarusian Muslims.



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