Iran Navy flotilla docks at Tanzania port
Iran Press TV
Tue Mar 1, 2016 5:58PM
An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at Tanzania's Port city of Dar es Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic's strategy of expanding its naval presence in high seas.
The flotilla, comprising of Shaheed Naqdi, Lavan and Bushehr warships, berthed at the African port on Tuesday as part of Iranian naval forces' training.
Speaking to reporters, Iran's Ambassador to Dar es Salaam Mehdi Aqa Ja'fari said the visit is aimed at conveying the Iranian nation's message of peace and friendship to East African countries, particularly Tanzania.
He added that the flotilla's four-day journey indicates good relations between the two countries and their keenness to improve cooperation, particularly in defense.
The envoy emphasized that Iran's strong presence in the north and west of the Indian Ocean is in line with the country's plans to help improve international peace and security.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's close relations with African countries play an important role in maintaining stability and security as well as safe and secure shipping in this region," Aqa Ja'fari pointed out.
During their stay in Dar es Salaam, the Iranian naval forces will meet Tanzania's military officials and visit military zones of the country.
An Iranian naval flotilla visited Dar es Salaam in June 2014.
Over the past few years, Iran's Navy has increased its presence in high seas to safeguard naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
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