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Iran, Oman Ink Agreement on Defensive Cooperation

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran and Oman on Wednesday signed an agreement to further boost mutual cooperation in the field of defense.

The document was signed by visiting Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi in a meeting in Muscat today.

Iranian Defense Minister (center) with his Omani counterpart

According to the document, the two sides agreed to expand and deepen defensive ties and stressed that such cooperation would help further boost lasting peace and security in the region.

The two countries also agreed on the exchange of defense delegations and facilitated implementation of the agreements held by Iran-Oman military friendship committees.

They also agreed to pave the ground for holding joint military wargames.

Iran and Oman have recently expanded cooperation in a variety of areas such as economy and defense. The two countries signed a security agreement in August 2009.

In June, Senior Iranian and Omani officials signed an agreement on mutual cooperation following the fifth meeting of the two countries' border guard commanders.

Commander of the border guard unit of Iran's southern province of Hormozgan Colonel Elyas Rastin said at the time the two countries are willing to boost cooperation in protecting common borders, specially considering that they share more than 470 kilometers of borderlines in sea.

Stranded fishers who trespass Iran-Oman borders by mistake have made the two sides include a solution to this problem in their agreement.

Intensification of anti-drug missions within common sea border, exchange of border intelligence and information and prevention of organized crimes in the region were among the other agreements made in the meeting.

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