BENGALURU: India and Iran have always been good friends but there is greater potential now to expand upon our ties, said Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami. In an exclusive interview with StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale the minister emphasized that post the lifting of the UN arms embargo Iran and India were in a better place to expand co-operation in defence logistics and air and naval defence in particular. Stressing his appreciation of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Iran where India had invited Iran to take part in the Indian Ocean Region Defence Ministers Conclave the minister stated India and Iran shared common views on a number of regional and international issues which given the fact they were both stable and important countries in their respective regions would deepen co-operation between the nations.
Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, BharatShakti.in and StratNewsGlobal.com focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale
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