Iran DM in Baku to Boost Defence Ties

Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami meeting his Azeri counterpart in Baku on February 21, 2018/ Photo retrieved from IRIB News Agency

Iran’s defence minister has arrived in Azerbaijan’s Baku at the head of a high-ranking delegation to explore ways of broadening defence collaboration between the two countries.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Wednesday held talks with his Azeri counterpart Zakir Hasanov and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.

During his two-day stay, he will also meet with Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and other senior officials to discuss bilateral cooperation and exchange views on international issues of mutual concern.

Speaking to IRIB News upon his arrival on Wednesday, General Hatami said the two neighbours could finalize agreements on technological and technical cooperation between their defence industries, including joint production of military equipment.

“I hope we can engage in meaningful negotiations with Azeri officials on bilateral and regional cooperation … which could help boost stability in the region and improve Tehran-Baku relations”, Hatami said.

Back in late October, Tehran and Baku formed a joint commission on defence cooperation, signalling their will to strengthen bonds of friendship.

Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on February 21, 2018/ Photo retrieved from IRIB News Agency
   
   

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