India Seeks Regional  Strategic Dialogue

India Seeks Regional Strategic Dialogue

A senior Indian official underscored the need for holding regular dialogue on Asian developments among the four important countries of the region, namely China, India, Iran and Russia.

"Our government welcomes strategic talks among India, Iran, China and Russia on security, political and economic fields," he said.

Ajit Doval, the national security advisor to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made the statements in a meeting with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani in New Delhi on Saturday, IRNA reported.

Doval also stressed the need for resuming defense talks between the two countries and called for the revival of a joint committee on defense cooperation.

The Indian official said considering commonalities between the two nations and their huge capacities in the field of cyberspace, India is ready for close cyber cooperation with Iran.

Shamkhani said he held "very positive and constructive talks" with Modi in their meeting on Friday, saying the strong will of the two countries to take their relations to a higher level indicates a "very bright prospect" for mutual cooperation.

Referring to threats posed by the spread of terrorism, Shamkhani said the international community should confront terrorist groups and countries that have used them to advance their political interests to protect global peace and stability.

The Iranian official arrived in New Delhi on Friday for an official two-day visit to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments with high-ranking Indian officials.

Shamkhani is also expected to follow up on the implementation of 12 memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries during a Modi's visit to Iran in May.

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