0727 GMT January 20, 2022
The commander of the Pakistani fleet, which will stay in Bandar Abbas for four days ending on December 8, was welcomed on Sunday morning by the commander of the first naval district of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, Press TV reported.
The docking of the Pakistani ships in the Iranian port city is aimed at strengthening military and diplomatic relations between Tehran and Islamabad.
It is the second visit by a Pakistani naval fleet to Iran this year.
Captain Ghader Vazifeh, the deputy commander of the first naval district of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, said Iran-Pakistan maritime visits will lead to deep and strategic ties between the two neighboring states, expressing hope for more such interactions.
“These maritime interactions definitely show that the regional countries, especially the friendly, brotherly and Muslim countries, can themselves manage the region,” he added.
“There is no need for the presence of transregional units in the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.”
Iran and Pakistan’s naval forces have in recent years promoted cooperation and staged several joint drills in the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman.
Back in April, Iranian naval forces and a visiting flotilla of warships from the Pakistan Navy staged joint exercises in the Persian Gulf, which extended to the Strait of Hormuz and the northern part of the Indian Ocean.
In a statement by the Pakistani Embassy in Tehran, the flotilla comprises two navy vessels and one Pakistan Maritime Security Agency ship.
It is commanded by Commodore Rehan Ali Khan, the commander of the 10th Petrol Craft Squadron of Pakistan’s Navy, it added.
The statement said the docking is in line with Pakistan’s maritime tradition and to further strengthen the existing warm and cordial bilateral relations.
It added the ships are conveying warm wishes and a message of solidarity, peace and prosperity to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the region.
According to the statement, during the visit, the delegation will hold meetings with Iranian naval and military officials to discuss bilateral relations.
On December 8, the Iranian and Pakistani navies will conduct a joint exercise off Bandar Abbas, it noted.