Iran, Pakistan urge enhanced maritime cooperation, security, joint maneuvers

Iran and Pakistan have urged the promotion of cooperation on maritime security and interaction between the naval forces.

The head of an Iranian delegation to the Aman-2021 multinational naval exercise hosted by Pakistan, Flotilla Admiral Aria Shafaqat Roudsari, and the Islamic Republic’s military attaché to Islamabad Colonel Mostafa Qanbarpour held talks with Pakistan Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf in the port of Karachi on Friday.

The sides stressed the importance of strengthening maritime cooperation, particularly through holding joint maneuvers.

The Pakistani commander hailed the important participation of the Iranian military delegation in the seventh edition of the Aman-2021 maritime exercise.

Organized under the slogan, ‘Together for Peace,’ Pakistan Navy says the week-long exercise is aimed at displaying united resolve against terrorism and crimes in maritime domain, contributing towards regional peace and stability and enhancing interoperability between regional and extra regional navies. Naval forces from 45 countries are participating in the collaborative drills.

The Iranian military delegation, comprising of the naval forces of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), is participating in the multinational event.

On the sidelines of the drills, it is scheduled to attend the international maritime conference and also meet with various participating delegations and Pakistani military officials.

In a message to the opening ceremony of the exercise, Chief of Pakistan’s Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Amjad Khan Niazi said his country’s Navy is ready to play a positive role to enhance peace in the region.

He added that Pakistan Navy has taken several initiatives for maritime security and promote peace in regional waters.

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