0605 GMT October 17, 2021
Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, who has traveled to Reunion Island to take part in the seventh edition of IONS, received an official welcome from Chief of Staff of the French Navy Admiral Pierre Vandier upon arrival on the island, located in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, southeast of Africa, Tasnim News Agency reported.
In a brief conversation with the commander of the French Navy, the Iranian Navy chief said the IONS provides an opportunity for consultations, synergy, and proposing constructive ideas.
Rear Admiral Khanzadi also pointed to the compilation of the first ‘IONS tactical book’ by the Iranian Navy, describing it as a major and effective move in facilitating various naval operations for the IONS members’ navies.
In an address to the seventh meeting of the IONS on Tuesday, Khanzadi unveiled plans for the inauguration of a center in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar for international cooperation on ensuring maritime security.
The commander said the Iranian Navy will do its utmost to pave the way for increased regional interactions by opening the ‘Coordination Center on International Cooperation for Maritime Security’ in Chabahar.
Highlighting the Iranian Navy’s activities, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said Iran has stepped up efforts to ensure coordination among the IONS members, held meetings of the maritime security task force and convened meetings on joint naval exercises.
Commenting on the Iranian Navy’s first ‘IONS tactical book’, he noted it focuses on plans for the fight against piracy, information sharing and addressing natural disasters.
Iran is a permanent member of IONS and has held its three-year presidency since 2018.
The IONS is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues.
The IONS has 24 members, including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, France, Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Seychelles, Thailand, Timor Leste and the UK.
There are also eight observers, namely, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain.