Iran, China discuss boosting military co-op
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
A high-ranking Chinese military delegation met with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari in Tehran Dec. 13.
During the meeting the parties discussed broadening naval cooperation and boosting bilateral military relations, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.
Back in October Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of China's army visited Tehran and held separate meetings with senior Iranian military officials including Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Habibollah Sayyari during which both sides underlined the necessity for the development of the two countries' military cooperation.
Earlier in October 2014, Sayyari paid an official visit to china at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart. Providing Iran's navy with some technical requirements by Chinese side were discussed during the visit.
Previously, Iran's defense minister visited China and discussed military cooperation issues with Chinese officials. The two sides stressed expansion of mutual military and security cooperation between the two countries.
Tehran and Beijing have close diplomatic, economic, trade and energy ties, and in recent years have developed their military relations as well.
China is believed to have helped Iran in various military fields including training of high-level officials on advanced systems, providing technical support, supplying steel for missile construction, providing control technology for missile development, building a missile factory and a test range.