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Iran, Azerbaijan underscore developing defense ties

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 16, IRNA -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Azeri counterpart Zakir Hasanov in a meeting here stressed on boosting bilateral defense ties.

The meeting was held after the Azeri Defense Minister was officially welcomed by his Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, Dehqan pointed to the commonalities between Iran and Azerbaijan in civilizational, cultural, religious, historical and ethnic fields as a unique phenomenon.

Not only the region but the world is involved in terrorist trends like Daesh, Al-Nusra Front and the extremist groups connected with Takfirism, Wahhabism and US, Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia aggressive policies, he said.

He added that Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis and Yemenis are suffering from terrorism which has caused threats, instability and insecurity in the Western Asia.

He expressed hope that Azerbaijan and Armenia not permit aliens to interfere in their conflict.

Meanwhile, Hasanov called for expanding defense-military ties, saying that the recent talks between Iranian and Azeri presidents have paved the way for boosting cooperation.

Azeri minister heading a high-profile military-defense delegation arrived in Tehran on Sunday.

He is scheduled to meet and discusses bilateral, regional and international issues with Iranian senior political officials in addition to talks with Defense Minister Dehqan.

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