Tehran, Moscow to Continue Anti - Terror Cooperation

Moscow - Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said Iran and Russia will continue fighting against international terrorism.

Shoygu made the remarks Thursday in a meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Hatami.

Referring to Iran-Russia cooperation in resolving crisis in Syria issue, he said cooperation within the format of Astana talks play a major role in establishing truce and normalization of situation in Syria.

He sympathized with victims of the recent deadly floods in Iranian provinces and pointed to Russian humanitarian aid to Iranian flood-hit survivors.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Shoygu offered Hatami to discuss and to evaluate the most important issues as regard military relations between Iran and Russia over the last few years.

Addressing the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) earlier, Hatami said the conference has focused on the most important security challenges by recognizing the sensitive international conditions.

Hatami criticized Western countries' policies, saying the Arab Gulf region, and specifically its southern part has turned into an arsenal of weapons for some states interests.

The annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) kicked off on Wednesday in the presence of defense delegations from 80 countries.

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Francois attended the conference.

In addition to defense ministers and military experts, representatives of international organizations and NGOs advocating international peace and security were present in the conference.

The topics of the MCIS included peace-keeping issues, military cooperation, and regional security in Asia, Africa and Latin America.