Rajnath Singh discusses bilateral cooperation and regional security issues with Iranian Minister of Defense

Tehran: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that his meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Aamir Hatami was “ very significant ” and during this period, she strengthened bilateral relations and Les regional security issues, including Afghanistan, were discussed.

Rajnath Singh returned to Tehran on Saturday, after concluding his three-day visit to Moscow to attend a meeting of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He had bilateral talks in Moscow with counterparts from Russian, Chinese and Central Asian countries.

Singh tweeted that he had a “ very meaningful ” meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Aamir Hatami in Tehran. We discussed regional security and bilateral cooperation, including Afghanistan.

In another tweet, the defense minister’s office said during Saturday’s meeting at the request of the Iranian defense minister: “The two defense ministers discussed continued bilateral cooperation and issues of regional security, including peace and stability in Afghanistan “. Views exchanged.

He said that the meeting of the two ministers took place in a “very cordial and warm atmosphere”. The two leaders highlighted the centuries-old cultural, linguistic and civilizational ties between India and Iran.

Iranian Defense Minister Hatami and his Indian counterpart Singh held talks in Tehran on international, regional and bilateral issues, according to information released by Iran’s official Irna news agency on Sunday.

The news pointed out that Singh’s visit to Tehran is the first visit by a senior Indian official since the start of the Kovid-19 pandemic in December 2019.

Traditional friendship relationship
Irna said Iran and India have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations, and Iranian and Indian officials consult regularly for cooperation to ensure regional peace and security.

Singh’s visit to Iran, the country’s leading actor in the region, is considered important as the visit comes a day after India expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.

After the agreement between the Taliban and the United States in February, India is monitoring the political situation in Afghanistan. This agreement paved the way for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and the United States is therefore effectively heading towards the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Addressing the joint SCO defense ministers meeting in Moscow on Friday, Singh said the security situation in Afghanistan remained a matter of concern.

At the SCO meeting, Singh said: “The Afghan people and government policy of Afghanistan will continue to support India’s efforts for an inclusive Afghan-controlled peace process.”

It should be noted that India has been a major player in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. India supports the peace and reconciliation process. New Delhi’s position is that care must be taken that such a process does not create such an “ungoverned place” where terrorists and those associated with them can once again dominate.

The Taliban and other terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan have global concerns about supporting Pakistan.

During the ACO meeting, India expressed concern about the situation in the Gulf region, which is important for the country’s energy needs.

In the Persian Gulf, several incidents related to Iran, the United States and the United Arab Emirates have occurred in recent weeks, which has increased tension in the region.

Singh said at the SCO meeting: “We are very concerned about the situation in the Persian Gulf.”

Addressing the meeting of SCO Defense Ministers, he said: “We the countries of the region – all of whom are dear and friends of India – on the principle of sovereignty and no -interference in each other’s internal affairs, on the basis of mutual respect. We call for resolving disputes through dialogue. ”

Iran had threatened that if the United States imposed sanctions on its nuclear program to harm Tehran’s economy (although the United States imposed arrangements), it would disrupt the route of tankers crossing the Strait of Iran. ‘Hormuz.

India and Iran enjoy strong trade, energy, cultural and people-to-people ties.

Oil has traditionally been dominated by Indo-Iranian affairs. In the year 2018-2019, India imported crude oil worth $ 12.11 billion from Iran.

However, according to the Indian embassy here, India postponed oil imports from Iran after the US government’s exemptions for Iranian oil importers from the ban expired on May 2, 2019.

The United States had asked Iran’s oil-importing countries, including India, to reduce Tehran’s oil imports by November 6, 2019 or face a ban.

According to the embassy’s website, India-Iran bilateral trade amounted to $ 4.77 billion in 2019-2020, 71.99% lower than in 2018-2019. In 2018-19, there was $ 17.03 billion in trade between the two countries. However, India’s exports to Iran increased 45.60% between 2011-12 and 2019-20.

(Entry: language of the agency)