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Iran | Iran, China Discuss Cooperation in Defense Relations

Iranian and Chinese top-ranking military officials negotiated cooperation in defense relations as the Second Iran-China Joint Commission on Military Relations took place in Tehran on Monday.

Commander of Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi and Chinese Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming headed the negotiating delegations.

In a meeting with military attaches of different countries in Tehran on Sunday, Admiral Khanzadi said the presence of naval forces of the United States and other foreigners cannot harm Iran’s maritime security.

He stressed that Iran’s waters are safe thanks to its naval forces, adding that “the military presence of the global arrogance led by the U.S., Britain, and the Israeli regime will not undermine Iran’s security.”

Referring to the U.S.-led maritime coalition in the Persian Gulf, Khanzadi said it is time for foreign powers to withdraw their military forces from the region.

Khanzadi said Iran has dispatched as many as 64 fleets over the past 10 years to the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden as well as all other international waters to secure Iran’s maritime trade and fight against piracy.

He pointed to the achievements in the field of building various kinds of naval equipment such as destroyers and submarines, including Jamaran, Damavand, Sahand, Ghadir, Fateh, torpedoes, UAVs, saying the Iranian naval forces have been able to have a constant presence in international waters.

Khanzadi also described the Iranian Navy as a “strategic force”.

He underlined that Iran’s security in the sea is not dependent on the outside world, unlike many other countries, saying that all of the Navy’s capabilities are indigenous.