Oct 19, 2021, 3:02 PM
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Iran-Russia to strengthen defense-military ties
Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu

Moscow, IRNA – Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, who is on a visit to Moscow, held a meeting with Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu and both sides highlighted the need to strengthen military-defense ties.

Both sides, assessed the level of bilateral ties between the two countries, especially in the military field, as favorable and emphasized strengthening cooperation.

The meeting, which followed General Baqeri's meetings with senior Russian defense and military officials, the two sides expressed interest to improve bilateral ties. 

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral ties between the Russian and Iranian armed forces and the military agreement that would be signed.

Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri announced in Moscow on Monday that Iran-Russia Joint Military Commission will convene three months from now.

Major General Baqeri made the remarks yesterday in a joint press conference after meeting with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov.

"In the meeting of the Iran-Russia Joint Commission, mutual cooperation in defensive, security, and academic fields will be in the agenda and reviewed," he reiterated.

He said that in his meeting with General Gerasimov, cooperation between the armed forces of Iran and Russia, and a contract on cooperation in this field were discussed.

“In the meeting, we surveyed the grounds of bilateral cooperation in defense and security fields,” said the Iranian high brass commander, adding that the Iranian armed forces have broad programs to implement with the Russian side during the upcoming year.

Major General Baqeri, meanwhile, said that his talks with his Russian counterpart were on various issues, including Iran’s membership at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Israel’s terrorist acts in Syria, the Caucasus region and Karabakh ceasefire, and Afghanistan and the need for the establishment of an all-encompassing government there.

"The security threats posed by the ISIS terrorists need to be harnessed before pouring out of that country," said Major General Baqeri.

Major General Baqeri started a tour of Russia on Sunday.


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