Iran and Pakistan want joint defense equipment production

Iran’s top military commander has emphasized the importance of enhancing defense relations with Pakistan, saying the two neighbors are seeking to jointly manufacture defense equipment.

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks following a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday.
During the talks, the two sides touched on the commonalities between Iran and Pakistan as well as the almost 1000-kilometer border between the neighbors, stressing that Tehran-Islamabad ties should be further enhanced in different areas.
The Iranian general said that during his visit, he had discussed with Pakistani officials topics such as military education, pilot training, military drills and contacts between the two countries’ defense industries.
Iran and Pakistan, he said, are working to jointly build defense products and present them as a joint achievement of Muslim nations.
Additionally on Tuesday, Baqeri sat down with Chief of Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
The two officials discussed ways to bolster maritime cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and increase joint naval maneuvers.
Baqeri arrived in Pakistan on Monday for an official visit to the country.
He has already held talks with his Pakistani counterpart, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon.

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