Rajnath meets Iran’s Defence Minister, discusses regional security, bilateral issues

New Delhi (NVI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that he had a “very fruitful” meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran, as they discussed ways to take forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Had a very fruitful meeting with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran. We discussed regional security issues including Afghanistan and the issues of bilateral cooperation,” Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

Rajnath arrived in Tehran yesterday after concluding his visit three-day visit to Russia where he attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting of defence ministers. Singh also met his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan there, to boost bilateral defence cooperation between India and the Central Asian countries.

The Defence Minister’s Office said in a tweet that the meeting took place yesterday on the Iranian defence minister’s request.

“Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting on 5th September 2020 with Iran’s Minister of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, at the latter’s request. Raksha Mantri was on a transit halt in Tehran enroute from Moscow to New Delhi,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The meeting between the two Ministers took place in a cordial and warm atmosphere, MoD said, adding that both the leaders emphasized the age-old cultural, linguistic and civilizational ties between India and Iran.