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    Russia seeks long-term cooperation with Iran in the fight against terrorism, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday at a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iranian defense minister said earlier in the day that Tehran will continue military-technical cooperation with Russia with focus on high-tech equipment allowing the Islamic Republic to maintain superiority and to stave off regional and global threats.

    "We believe that the implementation of bilateral projects will largely depend on the effectiveness of Russia's and Iran's measures to combat international terrorism. We seek to make Russian-Iranian cooperation in this field long-term and multidimensional. Our countries face common challenges and threats in the region, which we can only withstand together," Shoigu said.

    The Baghdad Information Center was established by Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria in September to coordinate their efforts in the fight against terrorism.

    The aim of the center is to collect, process, summarize and analyze current data about the Middle East in the context of counter-terrorism measures, distributing intelligence between the general staffs of the four countries.

    Russia and Iran are prepared to cooperate in resolving a range of global and regional issues, Sergei Shoigu said.

    "The long-standing relationship between our countries is marked by a high level of trust, readiness to coordinate the approaches on a wide range of global and regional issues."

    On Monday, Dehghan arrived in Moscow for a two-day visit to discuss defense cooperation issues and arms procurement with senior Russian officials.

    The Russian minister added that Russian-Iranian relations were given a significant boost by the November 2015 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

    Shoigu also welcomed the lifting of the international anti-Iran sanctions, stating that the move was significant in light of growing instability in the Middle East.


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