Iran, China ink defense agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
The Iranian defense minister, Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan and his visiting Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan have signed an agreement on the expansion of cooperation in defense sphere.
The agreement envisages exchanging military experience, particularly in training of personnel, as well as an all-out cooperation in fight against terrorism and insecurity in the region, TASNIM news agency reported.
The agreement was signed Nov. 14 morning during the ongoing visit of the Minister of National Defense of China Chang Wanquan to Tehran.
Speaking to Chang Wanquan, the Iranian minister said that upgrading ties with China in defense and military areas is a priority of Iran’s defense diplomacy.
Saying that the military and defense cooperation between Iran and China “guarantees” the peace and stability in the world as well as the region, he noted that all the regional states should be held accountable for protecting peace and stability in the Asia and Oceania region.
He further blamed the expansion of terrorism in the Middle East on foreigners, saying the region has turned into a hotspot of insecurity and crises due to the foreigners’ meddling in the region as well as their disrespectful behavior towards the national sovereignty of the regional states.
The Chinese minister’s three-day visit takes place at the official invitation of Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan.
Chang Wanquan is slated to meet several high-ranking Iranian officials to discuss bilateral issues as well as regional and international developments.