Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehgan have signed an agreement on military cooperation between the two countries.
Shoigu said afterwards that relations between the Russian and Iranian defense ministries has been on a steady rise for the past few years.
“Today’s signing of an inter-governmental agreement on military cooperation is a major step along these lines. A theoretical basis for interaction in the military sphere has been created,” Shoigu said.
Russia and Iran agreed that bilateral cooperation should have a greater practical aspect and contribute to enhancing the combat readiness of the Russian and Iranian armed forces.
Shoigu said that the negotiations concerned issues of mutual interest, such as delegation exchanges, inter-staff talks and also exchange of experience in peace-keeping operations and the struggle against terrorism. The topic of humanitarian mine-clearing operations was considered at Russia’s request.
“We have agreed to expand the practice of naval ships’ visits to Russian and Iranian ports,” Shoigu said.