TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan in a meeting in Beijing underlined development of cooperation between the two countries in military and defensive fields.
“The age-old and historical relations between the two countries which date back to over 2000 years ago are full of instances of cooperation in cultural, economic, industrial and technological arenas,” Dehqan said during the meeting on Monday morning.
He referred to the two countries’ abundant advantages and potentials in different fields, and laid emphasis on the consolidation of the bilateral relations, specially in defensive, military and security areas.
“We can remove the two sides’ common security concerns over extremism, terrorism drug trafficking and piracy by developing military cooperation,” Dehqan said.
Elsewhere, he described a nuclear-arms-free Middle-East as one of Iran’s strategic goals, and said the disarming the Zionist regime of its nuclear arsenals is demanded by all the regional nations and states.
Wanquan, for his part, reiterated his country’s enthusiasm for the reinvigoration of all-out cooperation with Iran, and said, “Given Iran and China’s common views over many important political-security, regional and international issues, Beijing assumes Tehran as its strategic partner.”
Iran and China have forged an alliance in recent years against the hegemonic powers.
Trade between Iran and China in the past year was estimated at $45 billion.
Iran is currently China’s third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil consumption.
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