Iran and China are reportedly slated to hold joint military drills in the near future.
By Franz-Stefan Gady
THE DIPLOMAT - November 15, 2016
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan and his Chinese counterpart,
Chang Wanquan, signed an agreement on November 14 pledging closer
military cooperation in a number of areas including military training
and counterterrorism operations. Both sides also pledged to hold joint
military exercises in the near future.
The Chinese defense minister arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a
three-day visit. Chang Wanquan expressed confidence that Iran-China
defense ties will be strengthened in the years ahead.
“The upgrading of relations and long-term defense-military
cooperation with China is one of the main priorities of the Islamic
Republic of Iran’s defense diplomacy (…)” Iran’s defense minister said, according to the Tehran Times. “We assess the visit of the Chinese defense minister in line with this (Iran’s defense diplomacy,” he added.