0837 GMT January 19, 2019
“The Iranian people appreciate Bolivia, its history and Simon Bolivar who led the revolution in the Latin American nation,” Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri told Bolivian Army Commander Rear Admiral Yamil Octavio Borda Sosa, IRNA reported.
On the sidelines of his meeting with the Bolivian official, Baqeri said Iran and Bolivia are set to enhance military cooperation.
“The Bolivian Army has expressed interest in technical and military cooperation, housing projects for the forces, and training programs, which are all welcome,” Baqeri said.
Baqeri said he hoped that the visit will usher in a new era of ties between the two nations and the Forces, Press TV reported.
“Our nation regards Bolivia as a country which has resisted the US evil wishes. Iran hails the efforts made by the Bolivian forces toward the country’s independence” he added.
The Bolivian Army chief, for his part, said his visit aimed to bring the two nations closer.
He extended his nation and government’s “sincere message of friendship” to Iran, hoping that the visit will lead to certain agreements in the area of defense.
The Bolivian military official, who arrived in Tehran on May 11, is to meet other Iranian military officials.