Iran, Indonesia Pledge to Expand Defense Cooperation

FNA13.11.2018 North America
Iran, Indonesia Pledge to Expand Defense Cooperation

Iran, Indonesia Pledge to Expand Defense Cooperation

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Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Qassem Taqizadeh and Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu met last week, and pledged to expand bilateral ties and cooperation in defense industries.

The Iranian official was among the special guests attending the official opening ceremony of the Indo Defence Expo & Forum which was held in Jakarta from 07 to 10 November, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of this event, Taqizadeh expressed solidarity with the Indonesian government and nation as well as families of the victims over Tsunami in Palo and air crash in the country.

Highlighting friendly ties between the two countries, he called for boosting bilateral relations in all fields, saying that Iran and Indonesia boast of numerous capacities which should be used in line with their interests.

Contending that Iran’s history is free of any aggression and starting war, Taqizadeh said that Islamic Republic of Iran has always been working for promoting peace and stability in the region and world.

Describing Iran and Indonesia’s position as strategic, he said that further interaction between the two countries’ officials will help strengthen peace, stability and security in the region and world. 

For his part, the Indonesian Defense Minister hailed the close ties between the two countries, saying that enhancement of ties between the two governments and nations can help promote friendship between them, as Jakarta is keen on preserving interaction with Tehran.

Southeast Asian security situation is positive, he said, noting that interaction among the southeastern Asian states over the past 51 years has prevented conflict and tension among the region’s countries.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Indonesian Vice-President stressed the urgent need to use modern and advanced technologies in the defense industries of different countries.

He noted that a large number of defense industry owners from different countries have participated in this year’s exhibition and hoped for close engagement of defense industries of Indonesia and of and other countries.

More than 868 exhibitors from 59 countries have participated in the 8th edition of Indonesian Defense Industry Exhibition 2018.

Meanwhile, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi attended on Monday the 10th anniversary of the “Indian Ocean Naval Symposium” (IONS) in Kochi Port in Southwestern India.

Khanzadi told reporters that the Indian Navy has held a special three-day summit with participation of 32 countries on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

“The Indian Ocean region is considered one of the most important areas of the world, and its security is very important. In this regard, IONS has been working for 10 years to increase environmental awareness and synergy among the countries of the region to achieve collective security,” he said.

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, commonly known as IONS, is referred to a series of biennial meetings among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region.

It provides a forum to increase maritime security cooperation, providing a chance for discussion of regional maritime issues and promote friendly relationships among the member-states. 

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