News ID: 317247
Published: 0342 GMT October 19, 2021

Iran, Russia call for boosting defense ties

Iran, Russia call for boosting defense ties

International Desk

Iran and Russia on Tuesday stressed the need to bolster bilateral military and defense cooperation.

Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow where they assessed the level of bilateral military relations as favorable.

The two generals also discussed cooperation deals between Iran and Russia.

Shoigu said Russia is ready to maintain dynamic and versatile military cooperation with Iran.

"Our relationships are developing very dynamically and are versatile, which can be vividly demonstrated by our large-scale joint fight against international terrorism. We are ready to continue making every effort to keep the pace of developing our relationships," the Russian defense chief said, according to TASS.

This year, the Russian and Iranian Defense Ministries have an intensive program of joint measures, he pointed out.

"Today I suggest considering the most essential issues of Russian-Iranian military cooperation," Shoigu said.

Russia and Iran are actively fighting international terrorism in Syria, he stated.

"In moving in this direction, we can further carry out this work in various regions considering that the situation is not becoming easier. This relates to Afghanistan and the threats emanating from that region. This concerns both drug trafficking and the emergence of Daesh in the territory of neighboring states," the Russian minister said.

He added that the situation is being considerably affected by both displaced persons as well as the United States, which exited the country last summer but continues calling on various states to support Afghan refugees.

Baqeri expressed appreciation for the Russian government’s support for Iran’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), adding that Iran’s presence in this organization will strengthen ties with member states, especially Russia and China, Iran Front Page wrote.

Later, Baqeri told Russian media that he had very useful talks in Moscow on some issues, including the implementation of a contract for the purchase of fighter jets, jet trainers and gunships as well as the exchange of experiences and military training of forces.

Baqeri touched on his talks with his Russian counterpart General Valery Gerasimov on Monday, saying the two sides discussed the continuation of cooperation in Syria to eradicate terrorism and restore full security to the country.

He added that Iran and Russia have close views on the developments in Afghanistan and the South Caucasus.



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