TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Senior officials from Iran and Russia met in Moscow to weigh plans for closer military and defense cooperation between the two countries.

In the meeting at the Russian Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister of Russia in charge of defense industry, called for the expansion of bilateral military cooperation.

The Russian official also said that the great potential of the two countries could contribute to closer interaction in the technical and defense industries.

Heading a military delegation, the Iranian minister has travelled to Russia to attend the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) and hold talks with foreign military officials.

Iran and Russia have formed a strong alliance in recent years, with both supporting Syrian government against foreign-backed militancy.

In August 2016, Iran let Russian fighter jets use its Nojeh military airbase for bombing positions of terrorist groups inside Syria.