News ID: 251933
Published: 0858 GMT April 26, 2019

Iran, Russia discuss further cooperation in anti-terror fight

Iran, Russia discuss further cooperation in anti-terror fight
Photo by the Russian defense ministry's website

Iranian and Russian defense ministers held talks on enhancement of mutual cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces in a bid to strengthen regional and global stability and security and in the fight against terrorism.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu held the meeting on Friday in Moscow on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference of International Security (MCIS), Press TV reported.

Hatami highlighted the growing trend of defense and security interactions between the two countries in light of the determination of Iranian and Russian political leaders.

However, he added, the two states have numerous capacities for promotion of their interaction, and need to develop their military and defense cooperation in both quantity and quality.

The Iranian defense chief also underlined that enhanced military ties between the two sides can further reinforce stability and security in the region and the world.

Shoigu, in turn, said Moscow and Tehran have already managed to promote their military and defense cooperation to a great level, but the two sides need to maintain their military interactions in training, technical, and security fields.

He also pointed to the two countries’ cooperation within the framework of Astana Process, stressing the key role of joint efforts by Iran and Russia in the fight against terrorism and establishment of cease-fire in Syria.

"Cooperation in the Astana format plays a significant role in establishing cease-fire regime and stabilizing situation in the Syrian Arab Republic," the Russian defense minister noted.

The Astana Process refers to an initiative by Iran, Russia, and Turkey which mediate peace negotiations between representatives from the Damascus government and opposition groups in a series of rounds held in the Kazakh capital Astana – recently renamed as Nur-Sultan – and other places since January 2017.



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