Iran has the upper hand in drone production in the region, making it possible for the country to meet its needs while cooperating with other countries of the region on producing reconnaissance drones, a senior spokesman for the Iranian armed forces said on May 18, according to IRNA.

Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi reportedly made the comment in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, IRINN.

He referred to the latest trip by Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major-General Mohammad Bagheri, to Tajikistan earlier last week.

Shekarchi said that such trips take place under Iran’s security and defense diplomacy at the regional and international level, adding that the visits bring good achievements for both Iran and destination countries.

Elaborating on General Bagheri’s visit to Tajikistan, he said that discussions covered fight against regional and international terrorism,

Adding that a good agreement was reached in that regard, he also said that the US is seeking to spread terror in West and Central Asia.

According to the spokesman, Tehran and Dushanbe also agreed to boost border security, hold joint drills, and cooperate on countering organized crimes, among other things, IRNA said. 

He reportedly also spoke about the drone manufacturing plant that was opened in Tajikistan during Bagheri’s trip.

Shekarchi explained that the plant is only to produce reconnaissance drones and is another step towards boosting regional cooperation between the two countries.