Pakistan willing to ink naval agreement with Iran


TEHRAN: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi underlined Pakistan’s willingness to sign a naval agreement with Iran.

Admiral Abbasi made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Army Deputy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two sides stressed mutual cooperation in military training, exchanging visits by flotillas, fighting insecurity in the sea, exchange of intelligence, joint military drills, cooperation in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, and technical cooperation.

Rear Admiral Sayyari, for his part, said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan as two friendly, brotherly and neighbouring states do not allow foreigners to interfere and sow discord between them at all.”

Heading a senior military delegation from Tehran, Rear Admiral Sayyari participated in the opening ceremony of the defence industries’ exhibition in Pakistan’s port Karachi on Tuesday. It is the tenth edition of the event and 418 Pakistani companies and firms, along with participants from 43 countries, are showcasing their latest accomplishments in the field.

On the sidelines of the opening day, Rear Admiral Sayyari held meetings with a number of Pakistani commanders and military officials.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.