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Iran, Azerbaijan call for expansion of defense cooperation

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - Visiting Azeri Defense Minister Safar Abiyev conferred on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar on expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries.

Abiyev's two-day visit is taking place at the official invitation of Iran's Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar.

In the first round of talks between the two ministers, the Iranian minister said fanning the flames of regional conflicts are among main strategy of enemies.

Regional countries should exercise vigilance to avoid any tensions or any move which might endanger security of the region, said the Iranian minister.

Iran believes in good-neighborhood and spares no efforts to help restore regional stability and tranquility and is to broaden such enhanced ties with its neighbors, said the Iranian minister.

Expansion of friendly ties with the neighboring states are among Iran's priorities, he said, adding that enemies always try to harm such friendly ties but all should exercise vigilance to thwart such plots.

Referring to historical and cultural commonalties between the two countries, he said exchange of visits between the two sides' presidents as well as other high ranking officials indicates that mutual ties are excellent.

The Azeri defense minister, for his part, called for expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries.

The Azeri minister invited his Iranian counterpart to pay an official visit to Baku and expressed the hope that the visit would help further broaden and bolster defense cooperation between the two countries and forge peace and stability in the region.

The Republic of Azerbaijan would under no circumstance allow any threat to be posed against Iran from its soil, he underlined.

The Azeri defense minister and his entourage arrived in Tehran on Monday.

During the two-day official visit, the Azeri military delegation is to confer with a number of high ranking Iranian officials on issues of mutual interests.

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