MOSCOW (AP) - The security chiefs of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia vowed Saturday to step up combined efforts to combat terrorism in the Caucasus, news reports said.
The security council heads of the four Caucasian countries held a two-day meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss joining forces to combat terrorism. They resolved "to step up joint efforts in combating new challenges and threats,” they said in a joint statement.
"This concerns first of all international terrorism, organized crime, the illegal arms trade, illegal migration and illegal drug-trafficking in the Caucasian region," the statement said, according to the Interfax news agency.
The four security chiefs - Vladimir Rushailo of Russia, Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia, Tedo Japaridze of Georgia and Ramiz Mehtiyev, the head of Azerbaijan's presidential executive office, later met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to brief him on the results of their meeting.
The next meeting of the security council chiefs will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in autumn.