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Russia, Argentina sign memorandum on security cooperation

December 06, 7:08 UTC+3 BUENOS AIRES

Russia and Argentina are set to develop "on a permanent basis" cooperation in measures against international terrorism, illegal trafficking in drugs, weapons and humans and other issues

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BUENOS AIRES, December 6. /TASS/. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Argentine Secretary for Strategic Affairs Fulvio Pompeo have signed a memorandum of cooperation, the press service of the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.

The two officials met for consultations in Buenos Aires earlier in the day.

"In conclusion of the meeting, Nikolai Patrushev and Fulvio Pompeo signed a memorandum on cooperation, which envisages regular consultations and exchange of opinions on strategic issues of mutual interest regarding regional and international security," the statement says.

According to the statement, Russia and Argentina are set to develop "on a permanent basis" cooperation "on issues of measures against international terrorism, illegal trafficking in drugs, weapons and persons, as well as against piracy, cybercrime, money laundering, economic crimes and other transnational crimes."

The two officials also discussed military, defense, law-enforcement and security cooperation and coordinated their countries’ approaches on the international arena, including as part of international organizations.

"The sides expressed their satisfaction with the coinciding approaches by Russia and Argentina to issues of the fight against new challenges and threats, the main of which is the international terrorism," the statement reads.

During his visit to Argentina, Patrushev also met with Argentine Prime Minister Marcos Pena. Earlier on Tuesday, he met with the country’s president Mauricio Macri to discuss bilateral cooperation and the search for the missing Argentine Navy submarine, San Juan, which disappeared on December 15.

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