Chinese admiral says mainland wants closer defence cooperation with Iran

China wants to deepen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral was quoted as saying on Thursday after a meeting with Iran’s defence minister in Tehran.

Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan that China paid great attention to developing relations with Iran, China’s Defence Ministry said.

“The aim of this delegation’s visit is to further promote friendship, deepen cooperation and exchange views with Iran on bilateral military ties and issues of mutual concern,” Sun said, according to the statement.

The trip would also “promote the preservation of international and regional peace and stability”, he added.

Sun said that China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, was pleased that an agreement had been reached.

Full article: Chinese admiral says mainland wants closer defence cooperation with Iran (South China Morning Post)

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