New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Gharaei Ashtiyani on the sidelines of the SCO Defence Ministers’ Meeting, during which the two sides reviewed the bilateral defence cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including Afghanistan.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a tweet, said: “Had a wonderful interaction with Iran’s Defence Minister, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Gharaei Ashtiyani.”
The meeting took place in a cordial and warm atmosphere. Both the leaders emphasised on the age-old cultural, linguistic and civilizational ties between the two countries, including people-to-people connect, a statement said.
Both the Ministers reviewed the bilateral defence cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Further, the two Ministers discussed the development of the International North South Transport corridor to ease logistic problems to Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
The Iranian Defence Minister is visiting Delhi at the invitation of the Raksha Mantri to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers’ Meeting, to be held on April 28, it added.