That suggests the possibility of PLAAF units based in Iran supporting Iraq against ISIL.Iran defense minister: Tehran, Beijing will work to broaden defense ties
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, center, shakes hands with China’s Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in Moscow, Russia, © IRNA
Iran’s defense minister says the Islamic Republic and China share a very successful experience of defense cooperation and are determined to strengthen mutual relations in the defense sector.
Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan made the remarks in a meeting with China’s Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in Moscow, Russia, on Friday.
The Iranian official brought up the issue of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and the extent of their influence in East Asia, which he stated, meant a threat to security of China, the Caucasus region and the Central Asia.
Brigadier General Dehqan, who was in the Russian capital to attend the fourth Moscow International Security Conference, also emphasized that regional countries should improve serious cooperation and interaction to eradicate Takfiri-Zionist groups.
He denounced the West for supporting terrorist groups and violating the rights of nations in the region and warned that insecurity would have its own repercussions for the very governments that support the extremist groups.
He added that a meeting which is scheduled to be held among Iran, Russia and China in the near future would play a very effective role in “countering common threats and settling security problems in the region.”
The Chinese defense minister, for his part, hailed Iran’s proposal for the trilateral meeting and stressed the importance of improving bilateral and multilateral defense and military on global issues.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari held separate meetings with the visiting deputy chief of staff of China's army in Tehran on Wednesday during which both sides underlined the necessity for the development of the two countries' military cooperation.
"During the meeting, reciprocal visits to the two countries' fleet of warships and training centers was agreed," Sayyari told reporters.
"Also, intelligence cooperation was paid attention and we hope that these agreement will come into force by a joint naval committee and in the form of a cooperation pact," he added.
Also in a meeting with the Chinese deputy chief of staff, General Dehqan noted that cooperation between Tehran and Beijing has entered a new stage in all fields, specially in defense fields, and expressed the hope that the two countries' cooperation would enhance to strategic levels.
In relevant remarks today, a senior Iranian commander underlined the country's resolve to further develop military ties with China along with bilateral economic relations.
"Iran and China enjoy common positions and we want to expand our military ties like economic relations," Head of the Services and Joint Affairs of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said in a meeting with the deputy chief of staff of the Chinese army.
"We share similar positions on the US unilateralism and we are seeking formation of an Asian structure and development of the Shanghai Treaty," he added.
General Baqeri said that Tehran and Beijing also have identical views on the necessity of fight against terrorism and extremism and restoration of stability in Syria and Iraq.
Iranian and Chinese officials in a meeting in Moscow in April underlined the two countries' determination to further strengthen military relations.
"Iran and China have enjoyed good relations since long ago and the Iranian Armed Forces are our good friends," Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Dehqan on the sidelines of the Fourth International Security Meeting.
"The current conditions in the world necessitate strengthening and consolidating bilateral and multilateral defense and military cooperation," he added.
Chang also underscored the necessity for implementation of defensive agreements signed by the two countries.
Dehqan, for his part, pointed to Iran and China's highly successful experience in defensive cooperation, and said the two countries' determination to deepen cooperation can further reinvigorate their bonds and relations.
Iran and China have expanded relations in different trade, economic, military and scientific fields in recent years.
Also, Rear Admiral Sayyari announced in October that the Chinese navy officials were much willing to enhance mutual cooperation with Iran.
Speaking to reporters on after his meeting with Chang Wanquan, Sayyari said that the Chinese military favors to expand naval ties with Iran.
"Both sides underlined the need to promote military and naval cooperation," he noted.
Russia & India Report said:The Iranian missile boats Jushan and Peikan arrived in Astrakhan in south Russia on a friendly visit on Wednesday.
A festive ceremony was held on the Volga River embankment in front of a monument to Peter the Great to receive the Iranian sailors, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
"Overall, three Iranian ships have arrived on a friendly visit. But one of them, the advanced Iranian destroyer Damavand has a deep draft and would have been unable to sail across the Volga [the river has a shallow section in this area]. That is why, it continued staying anchored at sea at the entry to the Volga-Caspian Canal," the Caspian Flotilla press office told TASS.
The Iranian ships will stay in Astrakhan until Friday evening.
The ships’ visit envisages Iranian sailors’ meetings with the regional leadership and the command of the Caspian Flotilla of the Russian Navy, as well as friendly futsal and volleyball matches.
The regional authorities are also expected to organize a tour of Astrakhan for the Iranian sailors.
The Iranian naval ships are paying a friendly visit planned under a program of developing and strengthening international cooperation.
It was earlier reported that the frigate Damavand and the missile-carrying boats Joshan and Paykan had departed for Astrakhan from the city of Bandar-e Anzali. Iranian Squadron Commander Ahmad Reza Bakeri said in an interview with Fars news agency that the visit had been planned before.
After Astrakhan, the Iranian squadron will go to Baku on a friendly visit.
Mutual visits by Russian and Iranian ships to Caspian ports have become regular in the past two years.
Specifically, Iranian naval ships visited the Caspian Flotilla in the summer of 2013, calling at Astrakhan. The Iranian squadron comprised the missile boats Paykan and Joshan.
In the autumn of 2014, the Russian escort ship Dagestan and the small missile ship Grad Sviyazhsk paid a friendly visit to Bandar-e Anzali.
... I wonder why this article didn't mention:
to me, very exotic
visiting Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
more pictures are available at:
Because it is about the Iranian vessels visiting the Russian port. I am not sure what Russian vessels were there when it did...but clearly the author was punctuating the Iranian visit.