PLAN Admiral Sun Jianguo with IRIN Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, on 14OCT15 in Tehran
According to Reuters:
China wants to deepen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral was quoted as saying on Thursday after a meeting with Iran's defense minister in Tehran.
Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, told Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan that China paid great attention to developing relations with Iran, China's Defence Ministry said.
"The aim of this delegation's visit is to further promote friendship, deepen cooperation and exchange views with Iran on bilateral military ties and issues of mutual concern," Sun said, according to the statement.
The trip will also "promote the preservation of international and regional peace and stability", he added.COMMENTARY: As seen in this post's photos, PLAN Admiral Sun Jianguo, who is Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, met with IRIN Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and his staff of naval officers.
Sayyari stated that Iran and China have agreed to increase collaboration in educational and technical training centers. He further stated the Chinese deputy chief of staff discussed and agreed upon the issue of providing security and safety for merchant shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and South East Asia. [source: Mashregh News]
COMMENTARY: PLAN Admiral Sun Jianguo also met with IRGC Major General Mohammad Bagheri. Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff Intelligence and Operations Deputy said that the two discussed measures to strengthen bilateral defense relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and People's Republic of China. [source: Defa Press]
IRGC Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Armed Forces General Staff Intelligence and Operations Deputy
PLAN Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army
Chinese and Iranian military conference held on 14OCT15 in Tehran
Photos: Islamic Republic News Agency