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Pakistan and Iran agree on expansion of defense cooperation

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in his telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir on Thursday that defense cooperation between Iran and Pakistan is positive and the recent visit of Pakistani army chief to Tehran is regarded as a turning-point.

Brigadier General Hatami reiterated that regional developments require both countries and the Islamic world to have further interaction in dealing with global developments. He said that the US has always blamed others for its defeats in various parts of the world and pursued the Zionists approach to destabilize the region.
Poppy cultivation, rise of terrorism in Afghanistan, rampant insecurity and daily massacre of tens of innocent people in countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria have roots in US stupid and evil policies, he said.
Iran and Pakistan enjoy very good capacities and capabilities in the defensive fields; he said adding that these capabilities should be used to broaden economic and security cooperation between the two countries.
Pakistani defense minister, for his part, welcomed expansion of defense cooperation between the two sides, and said rapid developments require closer cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.
Criticizing Trump’s repetitious tweets against Pakistan, he underlined that the Islamic countries are independent in meeting their security, and called for more talks with the Iranian defense officials on issues of mutual interest.

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