Iran Seeks To Strengthen Military Ties With China - HowPakistan


A photo released by the Iranian Presidential Office shows Iranian President Rahi meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the presidential office in Tehran. (April 27, 2022)

Iranian President Raisi said on Wednesday (April 27) that Iran wants to strengthen cooperation with China. State media reported that Leahy made the remarks during a visit by the Chinese defense minister.

According to state media, Leahy told Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe that Tehran viewed Iran's relationship with China as strategic. Increased cooperation would counter what the Iranian president called U.S. unilateralism. Talks between Iran and world powers to revive the Iran nuclear deal have stalled.

"We can only resist unilateralism and promote stability and order by cooperating with independent and like-minded states," Leahy was quoted as saying.

According to Wei Fenghe, better relations between the two countries will provide security, especially in light of the current volatile international scenario.

Wei Fenghe also met with Iranian Defense Minister General Ashtiani. Wei Fenghe reportedly invited him and other Iranian military officials to visit China.

The Islamic Republic of Iran news agency quoted Ashtiani as slamming the U.S. military presence in the Middle East and elsewhere. He claimed, "Wherever the United States has a military presence, there will be waves of insecurity, instability, division, pessimism, war, destruction and displacement."

Wei Fenghe said the purpose of his visit was to improve Iran's strategic national defense cooperation with China, which he said would help defuse unilateralism and combat terrorism.

Iran and China have intensified military ties in recent years, with the two navies exchanging visits and holding joint maritime exercises in the Indian Ocean.

In 2021, Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement covering multiple economic activities, including oil, mining, and the promotion of industrial activities in Iran, as well as cooperation in transportation and agriculture.

China, along with Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, is signatories to the Iran nuclear deal. In 2018, under President Trump, the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

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