• Tue / 10 December 2019 / 12:15
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 98091914136
  • Journalist : 71477

Iran, Pakistan stress on expansion of naval cooperation

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Navy commander Rear Admiral Khanzadi said Iran is waiting for Pakistan's response to join upcoming joint drills with Russia and China in the Indian Ocean, dubbed ‘Maritime Security Belt’.

Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi and his Pakistani counterpart Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi held talks on Tuesday in Pakistan, vowing to expand cooperation between their forces.

“As of now, we are ready to dispatch fleets to Pakistan’s ports, and we believe that the resolve exists for further interactions between the two sides,” Khanzadi said at the meeting.

He then noted the presidency of Iranian Navy over the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, adding “during this term, we made a lot of efforts, and Pakistan’s cooperation has been highly effective.”

Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi called for collective cooperation and vigilance of neighboring countries to foil the undermining and destabilizing measures by the enemies, stressing that the region would be safer without the presence of foreign troops.

The Pakistan commander, for his part, said the China-Pakistan maritime corridor is a good opportunity for expanding economic relations, and Iran can serve as a good linking point between the West and the East.

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