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General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation – First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, held talks with his Iranian counterpart, Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.
Cooperation between Moscow and Tehran is consistently developing, the positions of the parties on key issues of global and regional security coincide, said Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov.
“Russian-Iranian cooperation continues to develop consistently. Despite the difficult situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, our contacts remain quite intense, ”General of the Army Valery Gerasimov said during talks with Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.
Valery Gerasimov noted the similar approaches of Moscow and Tehran to the solution of the main issues of global and regional security.
“On most of the key issues on the regional and global agenda, our positions coincide or are very close,” he said.
According to the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Iran is Russia’s closest partner, the parties are ready to coordinate approaches on a wide range of issues.
“Relations between our countries are based on long-term traditions of friendship and cooperation. They are distinguished by a high level of confidential political dialogue and mutual understanding, their readiness to coordinate approaches on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, ”Valery Gerasimov said.
He expressed confidence that “the stay of the Iranian delegation in Russia will be rich and fruitful.”
“I propose to discuss the most important aspects of interaction between our armed forces,” said the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, opening the meeting.
In turn, Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Bagheri noted that Iran and Russia have the potential to expand bilateral ties, this can be facilitated by the relations established between the military departments of the two countries.
“In recent years, our bilateral cooperation has been steadily expanding. However, we have opportunities for further expanding our relationship, ”said Mohammad Hossein Bagheri during talks with Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov on Monday.
According to him, the growing ties between the armed forces of Iran and Russia can serve as an additional impetus for expanding cooperation between Moscow and Tehran.
The military leader named the cooperation of his country with the Russian Federation on the Syrian track in the fight against international terrorism as an example of fruitful bilateral relations.
“Cooperation between our countries continues to expand in various areas. A good example of this cooperation is our fruitful cooperation in Syria. Within the framework of this bilateral cooperation, special attention is paid to the expansion of military bilateral cooperation. We have been cooperating in the fight against terrorism for over ten years. Especially in Syria. And we also support each other and advise on various issues that arise, including in the region and the world, ”said Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.
He noted that between Iran and Russia “several agreements have been signed and are being implemented both at the level of presidents and at the level of governments.” “This once again underlines the high importance attached to these relations in our countries,” the chief of the Iranian General Staff emphasized.
According to him, when a change of government took place in Iran, the new government “also has a special relationship with the Russian Federation.”
The military leader thanked the Russian side for the invitation to come to Russia and for the fact that the group of Iranian ships was first received in St. Petersburg as part of the Main Naval Parade.
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