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Iran, China to develop air force cooperation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, Nov 2, IRNA -- Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Air Force Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi and his Chinese counterpart General Ma Xiaotian on Sunday discussed expansion of mutual defense cooperation.

In a speech to a group of Iranian and Chinese officials, Shahsafi said his visit to China serves as an opportunity for expansion of cooperation between Iranian and Chinese army and air forces.

He urged further interaction between Iran and China in the air force domain.

He called for adopting effective measures to raise combat readiness of the Army and air forces of Iran and China.

Heading a high-ranking military delegation, Shahsafi arrived in Beijing on Sunday.

Shahsafi's visit to Beijing is upon an invitation of Commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of China General Ma Xiaotian to expand cooperation in different dimensions, training and strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

Upon his arrival to Beijing, Shahsafi was welcomed by senior officers of China's Army Air Force and Iran's Embassy representatives.

Iran's Commander is scheduled to review cooperation with his Chinese counterpart General Ma Xiaotian.

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