Sayyari: Iranian destroyers likely to visit Italian ports
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 25, IRNA -- Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Sunday that several Iranian destroyers may visit Italian ports in near future.
Speaking in a local gathering, Sayyari added the 43th flotilla of the Iranian Navy is present in the Gulf of Aden to safeguard naval routes for vessels operating in the region.
He said Iran's Navy dispatched a flotilla to Pakistani ports on Sept 24 to convey the message of peace and friendship to other countries .
The Iranian commander added an Italian Navy frigate berthed at port city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran on Sept 24.
The berthing of the Italian warship takes place in line with the two countries' plan to boost friendly military relations.
Meanwhile, Commander of First Naval Zone Rear Admiral Hossein Azad said on Sept 24 that the Italian frigate has been dispatched to the Islamic Republic with the purpose of boosting political, cultural and military relations.
'Such visits are aimed at enhancing international maritime interactions and conducting joint naval maneuvers between two or more countries,' Rear Admiral Azad said in a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Tehran Mauro Conciatori and that country's military attaché.
He went on to say that given the international nature of naval forces in all countries across the world, naval units comprising warships and air force units are dispatched to other countries each year in the form of a fleet.
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