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Iran spares no efforts to maintain peace in region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, Sept 7, IRNA -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami referred to developments and insecurities in Western Asia, saying Iran has spared no efforts for establishing peace, stability and security in the region.

Hatami made the remarks in a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Friday.

'We believe that integrated security and insecurity will affect not only West Asia but other areas in the world,' Hatami said.

He criticized the US unilateral approach in breaching international regulations, saying it is violating world peace and security.

He also pointed to historical and cultural commonalities between Iran and China and the background of bilateral cooperation between two countries, saying the capacities are suitable grounds for developing cooperation.

Both countries enjoy common interests and threats and will be able to promote cooperation within that framework, Hatami added.

He described defense item as one of the main ones in defense cooperation.

The issue had been stressed by Iranian and Chinese presidents, Hatrami added.

Fenghe, for his part, pointed to common stances taken by both countries on developing relations, saying as a developing country China is ready for interaction with Iran.

During the meeting both sides exchanged views on defense and military cooperation, international and regional development and establishing cooperation against terrorism and maintaining peace and stability in the world.

Pursuance of agreements signed by the two countries' defense ministers in November 2016 is another objective of the visit to Beijing, Hatami earlier told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), noting that the current regional and international developments require close consultations.

At a time when US President Donald Trump does not uphold international norms, China as a big power and Iran as a major international player need to have extensive consultations, he added.


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