Iran Seeks to Expand Its Military Cooperation With China

Voice of America News reports: “Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi expressed Wednesday his government’s desire for closer cooperation with China in remarks made during a visit by the Chinese defense minister, state media reported.

According to the report, Raisi told China’s Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe that Tehran sees its ties with Beijing as strategic. Closer cooperation would serve to confront what the Iranian president described as U.S. unilateralism as talks to revive Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers have stalled.

‘Confronting unilateralism and creating stability and order is possible through cooperation of independent and like-minded powers,’ Raisi was quoted as saying.

Wei in turn said improving ties between Iran and China would provide security, ‘particularly in the current critical and tense situation.’

Wei also met with his Iranian counterpart, Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtinai, and reportedly invited him to visit China, as well as with other Iranian military officials…”

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