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News > Iran Navy Chief Meets His Indian Counterpart in Kochi

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Rear Admiral Khanzadi Calls for Stronger Iran-India Naval Ties

Iran Navy Chief Meets His Indian Counterpart in Kochi

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi who travelled to India in order to attend the 10th Anniversary of the foundation of IONS, a conclave of the Indian Ocean naval commanders, on the sidelines of the conference, met with his Indian counterpart, Admiral Sunil Lanba on 12th November 2018 in Kochi. During this meeting, the Indian side welcomed rear admiral Khanzadi to India and thanked Iran for successfully hosting the 6th edition of IONS in April, 2018. In this meeting, the two sides reviewed areas of mutual cooperation. Rear Admiral Khanzadi underscored the importance of bilateral ties in all areas, particularly naval relations, and said that the current level of interactions between Iranian and Indian naval forces is lower than what is expected, voiced readiness on part of the Iranian government and navy for further expansion of relations in various educational and technical fields, exchange of naval port calls as well as information exchange in maritime sectors.

The two commanders also called for drawing up plans for annual meetings between the naval commanders of the two countries.

Before his departure, Khanzadi told reporters that the Indian Navy has held a special three-day summit with participation of 32 countries on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

"The Indian Ocean region is considered one of the most important areas of the world, and its security is very important. In this regard, IONS has been working for 10 years to increase environmental awareness and synergy among the countries of the region to achieve collective security," he said.

The IONS is referred to a series of biennial meetings among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region.

It provides a forum to increase maritime security cooperation, providing a chance for discussion of regional maritime issues and promote friendly relationships among the member-states.


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