Iran, Pakistan discuss defense ties amid US threats

Published: January 5, 2018
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TEHRAN: The Iranian and Pakistani defense ministers held talks on defense cooperation amid US President Donald Trump’s recent Twitter spree against both nations, Press TV reported on Friday.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ali Hatami hailed growing defense cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastagir Khan on Thursday.

The latest developments in the region and in the Islamic world necessitate more interactions among officials of Iran and Pakistan, as two major countries in the Muslim world, Hatami was quoted as saying.

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“The Americans always blame the others over their own failures in different parts of the world and they pursue the strategy of the Zionist regime (of Israel) to destabilise the region,” Hatami said.

The “evil and stupid policies of the United States” are the root cause of deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the deaths of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, he said.

The two countries should utilise such capacity to enhance their economic growth and security, Hatami said, pointing to the potentials for military cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.

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The Pakistani defense minister welcomed the promotion of military cooperation with Iran with regard to the regional issues, noting that the two countries should further enhance such cooperation given the rapid pace of changes and regional developments.

Dastagir also criticised Trump’s repeated tweets against Pakistan and underlined the importance of the Muslim nations’ sovereign right to provide their own security.

Trump posted a series of tweets in recent days, in which he voiced support for the scattered riots in Iran and lashed out at Pakistan for supporting terrorists.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Bahrooni Saazish
    Jan 5, 2018 - 5:13PM

    What about China? Most of the retired military experts on TV were suggesting that Pakistan will sign a defense pact with China. I wonder what the Chinese response was. But Iran of all nations?!Recommend

  • cuban
    Jan 5, 2018 - 6:31PM

    Other than upsetting Saudi Arabia and most Arab states – what does Pakistan get out of defense ties with Iran? Recommend

  • Raj
    Jan 5, 2018 - 6:52PM

    Quite natural for Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia to come together to counter the US. But this is not easy as KSA is dead against Iran and any alliance with Iran will be very difficult fro Paksistan to justify to the KSA.Recommend

  • Meraj shahab
    Jan 5, 2018 - 9:00PM

    Pakistan + Iran +Turkey are destined to form a military alliance within 1-3 years. They will also have a loose alliance with China and Russia. Gradually other Muslim democracies would get associated with this Alliance of Muslim democracies…a proto EU type institution is bound to develop. This project can be nipped by west only if they succeed in replacing democracies by dictatorships in these Muslim countries. Recommend

  • cuban
    Jan 5, 2018 - 11:26PM

    @Meraj shahab: Pakistan + Iran +Turkey are destined to form a military alliance within 1-3 years.

    If you were Iran or Turkey would you want to go to war with anyone over Pakistan – NOPE. Same goes if you asked Pakistan if it wanted to go to war with anyone over Iran or Turkey. Takes more than disliking the USA to form a mutual defense treaty. Recommend

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