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Strengthening Pluralism and Balance of Power in Response to Accelerated Western Expansionist Policy: Insights from Iran’s Defense Minister

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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani stressed that the achievements of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should contribute to global multilateralism and the balance of power.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, in his speech at a meeting of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in the Indian capital of New Delhi, said that the expansionist policy of the West and NATO has accelerated to revive the unipolar world. , so the achievements of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should promote multilateralism.Global and balance of power.

Mohammad Reza Ashtiani explained: “Over the past few decades, the development process and the positive role that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has played in the field of regional and international development well reflect the realities and future prospects of this organization, and this fact has prompted the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay attention to membership in organizations.” And institutions based on multilateralism, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, because they can be a meeting place for common global interests and security.

Brigadier General Ashtiani continued: “Since its inception, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, by following a sensible and influential path and playing its role, has become an influential institution on global paths and a guarantor of peace, stability and respect for the rights of nations, and this organization now has a diverse and broad social , cultural, economic and security opportunities … therefore, it should use the valuable experience and achievements of this organization to further strengthen fiscal policy and promote global multilateralism.”

He noted that the permanent message of the defense doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the message of peace, stability, friendship and security to all neighboring countries, the region and the world.

“For this reason, today we are seriously trying to intensify multilateral defense diplomacy and are an active participant in regional and international security mechanisms,” he added.

Brigadier General Ashtiani also emphasized the full readiness and firm will of the Islamic Republic to play an effective role and comprehensive cooperation in the field of defense and security with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

And he continued: “Large volumes of world trade take place in the sea belt of the SCO member states, especially in the Indian Ocean and the open waters surrounding it … Therefore, given the importance of this issue in the development and well-being of the SCO member states and the need to ensure their security, I propose to adopt the Mechanism The “Shanghai Maritime Security Belt” is aimed at ensuring the security of communications and the collective provision of world trade with the participation of the armed forces of member states.

Source: “Mehr”

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