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Pushing multilateralism, Iran hosts regional security conference

Iran hosted its first Regional Security Dialogue with senior security officials from China, India, Russia and Afghanistan as the Iranian media touts a positive UN General Assembly gathering for Tehran.
A general view shows the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In a push to advance a multilateral approach to security issues, Iran hosted its first Regional Security Dialogue, on Sept. 26. This was the first meeting of its kind to include the national security and deputy national security advisers from Iran, China, India, Russia and Afghanistan to discuss the issue of terrorism, among other regional threats. 

Of note, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and Ajit Doval, the national security adviser to the Indian prime minister, were in attendance. It was the first time a national security adviser from India had visited Iran to discuss regional security at such a forum. 

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