News ID: 113024
Published: 0348 GMT March 03, 2015

Tehran, Astana call for expanding defense ties

Tehran, Astana call for expanding defense ties

Iran and Kazakhstan have underscored the significance of expanding defense ties to counter the threat of terrorism and extremism.

This was announced during a meeting of Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari with Kazakh Deputy Defense Minister Talgat Mukhtarov in Astana where they discussed ways of improving defense cooperation, Press TV reported.

Mukhtarov said the two countries need to enhance all-out cooperation to counter security threats, particularly terrorism and extremism, and help settle regional conflicts.

In a meeting with Kazakh Navy Commander Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov on Monday, Rear Admiral Sayyari said cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states would play an important role in boosting regional security and preventing foreign interference.

Zhanzakov said his country is keen on improving defense ties with Iran.

He added that Iran and Kazakhstan can cooperate in tackling air pollution and undertaking relief and rescue operation.

Rear Admiral Sayyari arrived in the Kazakh capital city of Astana on Sunday at Zhanzakov’s invitation.

The Iranian commander is also scheduled to meet Kazakh Defense Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in the production of essential military hardware and defense systems.

The country has repeatedly announced that its military might does not pose any threat to other countries, as Iran's defense doctrine is solely based on deterrence.

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