Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Iran, China Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

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.