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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:45

(Fars New Agency) - The Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar on Wednesday signed a defensive agreement to increase cooperation between the two
neighbouring Persian Gulf countries.




According to Fars New Agency, the agreement was signed between Iran's visiting Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Qatar, Hamad Bin Ali al-Atiya, in
Doha on Wednesday.
The document referred to cultural, religious and age-old relations between the two countries and stressed the necessity
of expanding defense cooperation between Iran and Qatar.
The two sides also stressed exchange of technical and expert delegations,
expansion of cooperation in personnel training and a joint campaign
against terrorism and countering all those who cause insecurity in the
region.
During their meeting, the two sides called the document a major step towards establishment and strengthening of calm and durable
security in the sensitive region of the Persian Gulf.
The Chief of Staff of Qatar's Armed Forces in a meeting with Iran's visiting Defense
Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi in Doha on Wednesday described
a defensive pact signed between his country and Iran as positive and
constructive.
Al-Atiya said that certainly, this cooperation document will lead to stability, peace and security in the entire
region and will have positive effects on the expansion of bilateral
ties between Iran and Qatar.
Iran and Qatar have improved their relations during the last few years, especially in the field of
defense. Vahidi, heading a high-ranking delegation, is in Doha at the
invitation of Commander of Qatar's Armed Forces Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
Aale-Thani.


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