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Iran Navy, among the world top

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 9, IRNA -- Iran's Navy is among the world top undertaking expeditions to ensure safety of life at high seas, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday.

Sayyari and his delegation are now in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to attend the fifth biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs to be held there on January 10-13.

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (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.

In the process, it endeavors to generate a flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly cooperative solutions on the way ahead.

Security in the Indian Ocean Region should be ensured in order to make use of the economic opportunities there, the Iranian Navy commander said.

The Iranian delegation is taking part in IONS to introduce capabilities of Iranian Navy to ensure maritime security, Sayyari said.

Referring to the 3,200 oil tankers and commercial ships which have been under the escort of Iranian Navy, Sayyari said Iranian Navy have high capabilities working in coordination with the International Maritime Organization and safeguard Iranian territorial seas.

Tehran is to host the next IONS Seminar and Conclaves of Chiefs in 2018, he added.

According to IONS website, there are 35 members - navies of the IONS which have been geographically grouped into the following four sub-regions:

South Asian Littorals - Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.

West Asian Littorals - Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen

East African Littorals - Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania

South East Asian and Australian Littorals - Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Lest

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