TEHRAN (Press Shia) – New Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali expressed hope for further cooperation between Iran and Russia and said they may hold more joint military exercises at sea and on land in the future.

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“The countries cooperate in different areas, so yes, there is such a possibility”, Jalali said during an interview with Russian media when asked whether Iran and Russia could hold ground forces drills together.

Russia and Iran have already conducted joint maneuvers, the ambassador, who was appointed to the position in November, recalled.

“I am sure that both countries should continue close cooperation in this sphere, which allows preserving regional peace and stability, given the joint understanding of threats”, Jalali added.

Russia, Iran and China will hold a five-day joint naval exercise dubbed Marine Security Belt, in the Indian Ocean on Friday. The combat squadron of Russia’s Baltic Fleet left for Iran upon completing the Russian-Indian Indra-2019 naval drills earlier in December.