Iranian DM Warns of Terrorism Threat against Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami warned of the danger of terrorism against the regional states, blaming the trans-regional intervention for the problem.
General Hatami made the remarks in a meeting with his Tajik counterpart Colonel General Sherali Mirzo in Tehran on Thursday.
Both Iran and Tajikistan like the entire region are living under the threat of terrorism, General Hatami said, adding that threats against regional stability come from beyond the region from the intervention of foreign powers.
He pointed to Iran and Tajikistan's cultural commonalities, saying that the two nations need to use those commonalities as a platform for expanding cooperation in all areas, specially in the fields of security and defense.
General Hatami referred to the good relations between Iran and Tajikistan in the past, and said, "Mutual cooperation between the two countries was interrupted for a while and today we decided to have a fresh start for cooperation, so the expert delegations will be exchanged and these delegations will talk and exchange views and will provide the ground for full cooperation."
He further expressed hope that the visit of the Tajik military delegation would enhance military cooperation between the two sides in the interest of the entire region.
General Mirzo, for this part, hailed his talks with the Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran in the past three days, and said, "In these three days, we had a good meeting and talks with the Iranian Minister of Defense and became familiar with some of the achievements and capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
The Tajik minister also highlighted that "we believe that increased security and fighting terrorist groups in the region depends on expanding regional cooperation, and we also believe that cooperation between the two countries can contribute to the security of the two countries".
He further invited his Iranian counterpart for an official visit to the Republic of Tajikistan at a due time, expressing hope that the two sides' specialized groups would continue talks to increase cooperation in line with the goal of ensuring bilateral and regional security.
At the end of these negotiations, a memorandum of cooperation was signed by the two ministers.
The Minister of Defense of Tajikistan arrived in Iran on Tuesday at the head of a military delegation and also met with Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri in Tehran on Thursday.