Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves Russia for Iran

Moscow, September 5

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday left Moscow for Iran the place he’ll meet his Iranian counterpart and focus on bilateral defence ties, a day after he urged the Persian Gulf nations to resolve their variations by dialogue primarily based on mutual respect.

Singh was in Moscow on a three-day go to to Russia to attend a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers. He additionally held bilateral talks together with his counterparts from Russia, China and the Central Asian nations.

“Leaving Moscow for Tehran. I shall be meeting the Defence Minister of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami,” Singh stated in a tweet.

India on Friday stated that it was “deeply concerned” in regards to the scenario within the Persian Gulf and known as upon the nations within the area to resolve their variations by dialogue primarily based on mutual respect.

A sequence of incidents within the Persian Gulf involving Iran, the US and the UAE in current weeks have flared up rigidity within the area.

“We are deeply concerned about the situation in the Persian Gulf,” Singh stated in his tackle at a gathering of the SCO right here.

“We call upon countries in the region – all of which are dear and friendly to India, to resolve differences by dialogue based on mutual respect, sovereignty and non interference in internal affairs of each other,” he stated in his tackle on the mixed assembly of defence ministers of the SCO, Collective Security Treaty Organisation and Commonwealth of Independent States member states.

Last month, Iranian navy briefly seized management of a Liberian-flagged oil tanker in what the US stated have been worldwide waters close to the Strait of Hormuz, which hyperlinks the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman to the south and the Arabian Sea past.

Iran has threatened to disrupt oil shipments by the Strait of Hormuz if the United States tries to strangle its economic system.

The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, has emerged as one of many largest transregional worldwide organisations which accounts for nearly 44 per cent of the world inhabitants stretching from the Arctic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.

The goal of the SCO is to keep up peace, stability and safety of the area.

Iran has observer standing within the SCO, which was based at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India and Pakistan have been admitted as observers of the grouping in 2005. Both the nations have been admitted as full members of the bloc in 2017. PTI 

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