Nigeria, Iran move to bolster military ties

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The governments of Nigeria and Iran have commenced mapping out the modalities to increase military diplomatic ties.

The nations are working to ensure that the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Iranian Armed Forces partner on mutual benefits.

Minister of Defence Bashir Magashi hosted the Iranian Ambassador Mohammed Alibak on Wednesday at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

The retired General told Alibak that Nigeria was taking note of genuine allies and their support as the country battles multiple threats to its territorial integrity.

Magashi said the proposals for improved military ties between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran alluded to the saying, “friend in need is a friend indeed”

Magashi urged the Alibak to come up with implementable templates that will emplace robust engagements between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

The envoy, who was accompanied by Political Adviser Mostafa Majdara, thanked the minister for providing strategic direction to the partnership.

The ambassador promised to key into the new plans that will attract a win-win outcome, including the Nigerian delegation’s visit to Iran for assessment of the fighting equipment being offered to Nigeria on a business basis.

Magashi has also inaugurated a committee to plan the hosting of the 6th Edition of the Nigeria-South Africa Defence Forum (DEFCOM) in October.

The forum promotes civil-military relations and formulates procedures for military cooperation between respective Armed Forces.n

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