By: Maryam Azish

Iran’s attendance in Moscow security confab

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TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) – The 6th Moscow Conference on International Security recently held attended by Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and several high-ranking defense delegations and experts from various countries.

Over 700 participants, namely 25 heads of delegation, chiefs of the general staff of the armed forces, senior commanders and experts from 80 countries attended the two-day event which was aimed at providing the participating countries with the opportunity to consult on defense and security issues.

"International fascism"

During the conference, Iran and Russia have once again condemned the recent US missile attack against a Syrian army airbase, stressing that such acts block the formation of a united front against terrorism.

Dehqan and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both commented on the attack during their speeches made at the gathering.

Dehqan said the missile raid was against all international regulations.

Underlying that Washington’s unconstructive role in the Middle East, Iranian minister said the US is trying to stage a new form of “international fascism” by implementing a new doctrine and by “commercializing security.”

Pointing out to factors contributing to the current local and international imbalance and violence, Dehqan cited American President Donald Trump’s volatility in word, attitude and decision-making as well as the US, Israel, Britain, and Saudi Arabia supporting and reinforcing Takfiri terrorist groups against regional governments, PressTV wrote.

He also warned that neither the US nor any other country can attain its “political and expansionist” goals by backing war and terrorism.

Unless terrorism is vanquished in Syria and Iraq -- which hold the largest concentrations of Takfiris -- the terrorists would soon be targeting all their backers, including the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey “with the most violent acts,” he further cautioned.

In addition to addressing the conference, Dehqan also held separate meetings with Defense Minister of Russia Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu and his counterparts from Brazil, India, Venezuela and Serbia.

He also attended in Iran-Russia-Syria defense ministers’ trilateral meeting which was aimed at reviewing the latest conditions in Syria and reinforce convergence in fighting against terrorism.

Trilateral meetings

The Second rounds of trilateral meetings between Iranian, Russian and Syrian defense ministers was held in Moscow on the sidelines of the conference.

During the meeting, Dehqan, Sergey Shoygu and Fahd Jassem al-Freij underlined convergence among Tehran, Moscow and Damascus against terrorism.

They discussed latest field developments in Syria and explored avenues for fighting against terrorism.

The three defense minister also underlined continuation of joint full-scale action to eliminate roots of insecurity and violence in the region.

They condemned recent US attack against an airfield in Syria, noting that such treachery attacks in support of terrorists should be halted.

They stressed joint decisive action against terrorists to prevent terrorist’s reinforcement and to help establishment of peace in the war-torn region.

The first round of the trilateral talks was held in Tehran in 2016.

Tripartite meeting outcomes

Commenting on the outcomes of trilateral meeting with hid Russian and Syrian counterparts,Dehqan said on that the three countries agreed in a tripartite meeting to put the extension of ceasefire in Syria on the agenda.

He said the three countries discussed the reasons behind US recent missile attack on a Syrian air base under the fabricated pretext of using chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

After the achievements made on the ground by the Syrian Army, the terrorists faced a confusing situation and lost their morale and needed their allies to express their support for them so that they would be encouraged to continue with their acts, the minister said.

He said what the US president did was contrary to what he had said before as he had said the US would fight Daesh to uproot this terrorist group and that they would have nothing to do with President Bashar Assad.

Syria's national integrity

In a mutual meeting, Dehqan and his Russian counterpart underlined the need to maintain Syria's national integrity and sovereignty.

The two stressed the need for immediate establishment of sustainable peace and security in Syria.

Discussing latest developments in Syria, the Russian and Iranian defense ministers also underlined the necessity of continuation of the ceasefire in that country and spreading it to other parts in Syria.

Dehqan and Shoygu emphasized the need for dispatching humanitarian aid and reliefs teams to war-torn regions in Syria and helping Syrian people find free access to humanitarian aid in all cities.

The two defense ministers further conferred bilateral ties and stressed implementation of military agreements inked between Tehran and Moscow.

Military cooperation

Dehqan also held separate meetings with his Indian, Serbian and Venezuelan counterparts.

Dehqan and his Serbian counterpart Zoran Djordjevic reviewed the latest regional and international developments.

The two ministers also called for reinforcement of military cooperation between Iran and Serbia.

Meanwhile, Dehqan and his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino López expressed the need for expanding defense cooperation between the two countries.

In a meeting with his Indian counterpart

Arun Jaitley, the two sides talked on regional and international issues.

Referring to the common cultural points between Iran and India, and geopolitical and geostrategic importance of the two countries, Dehqan said, “Improving political, military, and security ties between Iran and India can be of great help to improve the security index in the region and significantly affect the stable peace,” adding that exchanging experiences and fight on extremism, terrorism, and piracy are important parts of Iran-India collaboration.

Jaitley said in the meeting that undoubtedly the common history and civilization of Iran and Indian has created good ties in safeguarding security, adding that India has an uncompromising stance against terrorism and does not have any obstacles to collaboration in this field.

In a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Raul Belens Jungmann Pinto after 40 years, issues of mutual interests as well as the regional and global developments were review.

The ways for reinforcement of mutual, regional and global cooperation were reviewed during the meeting.

Dehghan underscored that there exists appropriate grounds in various sectors leading to development of cooperation between Iran and Brazil.

Praising the momentous constructive role of Brazil in regional and global equations as well as adopting a positive stance in supporting Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, Dehqan called for reinforcement of mutual cooperation in various sectors.

Without doubt Iran's participation in the security conference is of significant importance to Russia, as the two countries have taken joint anti-terrorism strategies and have succeeded in preventing the expansion of terrorism threat in the Middle East.

Moreover, Iran’s presence in the forum, the main goal of which is combating terrorism, will be an indication of the two countries' resolve for bilateral defense cooperation and growing regional convergence as they have taken common anti-terror strategies in the Middle East.

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