Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has arrived in China’s capital Beijing for a visit during which he is expected to discuss mutual defense cooperation with Chinese officials.
General Hatami’s visit would be in response to an invitation by the Chinese Defense General Minister Wei Fenghe. He would meet various Chinese military and political officials for talks on matters of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments.
Upon arrival in Beijing, the Iranian defense minister told reporters that Iran’s relations with China were rooted in history and that both had satisfactory cooperation in the area of defense. He stressed that international and regional developments require an ever more strengthening of the two countries’ ties.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has had historic defense ties with China since the Islamic Revolution and collaboration between the two countries should persist” said General Hatami.
He further stated that his visit aimed to prepare the grounds for the implementation of a pact signed between the countries’ defense ministers in 2016.