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Rajnath Singh meets Iran’s defence minister, discusses bilateral ties, regional security

Rajnath Singh meets Iran’s defence minister, discusses bilateral ties, regional security
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Amir Hatami at the latter’s request. Singh was on a transit halt at Tehran while returning from Moscow to New Delhi after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet on Friday.

The Defence Minister said he had a “very fruitful” meeting with Brigadier General Amir Hatami and discussed ways to bolster bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. “Had a very fruitful meeting with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran.

We discussed regional security issues including Afghanistan and the issues of bilateral cooperation,” Singh said in a tweet. Had a very fruitful meeting with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran. We discussed regional security issues including Afghanistan and the issues of bilateral cooperation .

pic.twitter.com/8ZENfAgRPS — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 6, 2020 Rajnath Singh’s visit to Iran is significant as it came after he voiced India’s concern about the situation in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf. New Delhi has been tracking the political situation in Afghanistan after the US signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February.

The deal allowed the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, effectively ending Washington’s 18-year war in there. While addressing the combined meeting of defence ministers of the SCO, Singh had said that the security situation in Afghanistan remains a cause of concern.

Globally, there have been concerns over Pakistan’s support to the Taliban and other terror groups operating in Afghanistan. “India will continue to support the efforts of the people and government of Afghanistan for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled inclusive peace process,” the defence minister said at the SCO meet on Friday.



He also voiced concern over the situation in the Gulf region, vital for India’s energy needs, after a series of incidents in the Persian Gulf involving Iran and the US flared up tensions in the region. “Both the Defence Ministers discussed ways to take forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan,” The defence minister’s office said in a separate tweet on the meeting.

The meeting between the two defence ministers took place in a “cordial and warm atmosphere,” it said, adding that both emphasised upon the age-old cultural, linguistic and civilisational ties between India and Iran. Rajnath Singh’s visit is the first by a top Indian official to Iran since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in December 2019.

“Iran and India enjoy traditional friendly ties. Iranian and Indian officials hold regular consultations on close cooperation to ensure regional peace and security,” Iran’s official Irna news agency reported on Sunday.

Following the end of the Significant Reduction Exemption period on May 2, 2019, when India suspended importing crude from Iran after the US had asked countries to cut oil imports from Iran down to “zero” by November 6, 2019 or face sanctions, the bilateral trade between New Delhi and Tehran decreased by 71.99 per cent to USD 4.77 billion during 2019-20, as compared to USD 17.03 billion in 2018-19. However, Indian exports to Iran between 2011-12 and 2019-20 have grown by 45.60 per cent.



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