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Iran, Pakistan hold joint naval drill

English.news.cn   2014-04-08 19:02:13

TEHRAN, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Naval forces of Iran and Pakistan started joint drill in the eastern waters of strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, state IRIB TV reported.

Select units from the Iranian navy and the Pakistani fleet attended the drill in the waters of the Sea of Oman on the east of the Strait of Hormuz, said IRIB.

The report however did not mention how long the joint drill will last in the southern waters of the two neighbor countries.

On Saturday, the Pakistani flotilla arrived in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, where it would stay for four days, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian navy's second-in-command for operations Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said Saturday that the most important plan of the Pakistani fleet during its stay in Bandar Abbas was to stage joint maneuvers with select units of the Iranian navy on April 8 in the eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

The Pakistani fleet which is comprised of a missile-launcher warship, a logistic warship and an advanced submarine, conveys a message of peace and friendship and will help boost military cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad, Irani said.

Iranian and Pakistani naval authorities would hold official meetings during the Pakistani fleet's stay, the commander added.

Iranian naval and military officials have invited neighboring countries for joint drills with Iran so that the regional states could establish security in the region.

Iran and Oman started joint rescue and relief naval drills in the Sea of Oman on Monday. Regional military officials have also participated as the observers in a number of Iranian drills in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in the past years.

Editor: Fu Peng
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