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IranMania News: "Iran's Defense Minister Shamkhani back home

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LONDON, Dec 24 (IranMania) - Iranian Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani arrived in Tehran after a two-day visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Shamkhani, talking to reporters upon arrival in Tehran, termed as "positive" the achivements of his trip to Azerbaijan and said the trip had helped recognize cooperation capacities between the two countries.

He expressed hope that mutual visits by Iranian and Azeri political and defense delegations would prevent tensions and instability in the region, according to IRNA.

Shamkhani further described the prospects of Iran-Azerbaijan as promising, stressing that the planned visit by Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev to Iran would help boost bilateral relations.

The Iranian defense minister headed a high-level political and defensive delegation in Azerbaijan upon the formal invitation of his counterpart Brigadier General Safar Abiev. While in Baku, Shamkhani conferred with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Defense Minister Safar Abiev."

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