Iran, Pakistan Discuss Defence Ties Amid US Threats

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“The latest developments in the region and in the Islamic world necessitate more interactions among officials of Iran and Pakistan, as two major countries in the Muslim world,” Hatami said.

TEHRAN (IANS) — Iran and Pakistan held talks on defence cooperation following US President Donald Trump’s Twitter spree voicing support for the anti-government riots in Tehran and lashing out at Islamabad for supporting terrorists.

Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Ali Hatami hailed growing cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir-Khan on Thursday, Press TV reported on Friday.

“The latest developments in the region and in the Islamic world necessitate more interactions among officials of Iran and Pakistan, as two major countries in the Muslim world,” Hatami said.

“The Americans always blame the others over their own failures in different parts of the world and they pursue the strategy of the Zionist regime (of Israel) to destabilize the region.

Hatami blamed the “evil and stupid policies of the US” as the root cause of deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the deaths of innocent civilians in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

“Iran and Pakistan should utilize such capacity to enhance their economic growth and security, said Hatami, pointing to the potentials for military cooperation between the two nations.

The Pakistani Defence Minister welcomed the promotion of military cooperation with Iran with regard to the regional issues. Dastgir-Khan also criticised Trump’s tweets against Pakistan and underlined the importance of the Muslim nations’ sovereign right to provide their own security.

Trump posted a series of tweets earlier this week, in which he voiced support for anti-government protestors in Iran and bashed Pakistan for lying and harbouring terrorists.

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