News ID: 280293
Published: 0257 GMT February 03, 2021

Iran for enhanced defense ties with India

Iran for enhanced defense ties with India
Picture provided by IRNA on February 3, 2021 shows Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami (3rd R) speaking to media during a trip to India.

Iran’s defense minister stressed the need for closer relations with India considering the major role the two countries can play in linking the Indian Ocean to the North-South corridor.

Speaking to reporters after arriving in Bangalore on Tuesday evening, Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iran and India are two major countries in the region that have maintained stable ties throughout years of interaction, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The link between the Indian Ocean and the North-South Corridor and connection with the Central Asian states and the Caucasus are the grounds for which we need to pursue broadened relations,” he added.

Highlighting the close cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi in light of their cultural and historical commonalities, the defense minister said bilateral ties are of special significance considering India’s long coastlines and Iran’s strategic position in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Indian Ocean.

General Hatami is in India to attend a meeting of the defense ministers of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

He is scheduled to hold meetings on the sidelines of the event with senior political and military officials of India on the expansion of political, security and defense ties between the two countries.

On the sidelines of the world’s first ‘hybrid’ air show, Aero India 2021, Iranian defense minister said that Tehran is working on upgrading the technology of its fighter jets, according to Mehr News Agency reported.

"Thanks to the efforts by the experts of the aviation industry, we have achieved homegrown products such as Kosar light fighter and Yassin training fighter, all kinds of helicopters and UAVs, and we are looking to upgrade the technology in this sector," he said.




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