News   /   Defense

Only regional countries can guarantee security of Strait of Hormuz: Iran naval commander

Commander of Iranian Navy’s First District Admiral Jafar Tazakkor (R) meets with Commodore Khan Mahmood Asif, the commander of a Pakistani naval fleet, in the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on April 5, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

An Iranian Navy commander says the security of the strategic Strait of Hormuz can only be guaranteed through cooperation of all countries in the region.

Admiral Jafar Tazakkor, commander of the Iranian Navy’s First District, made the remarks on Monday in a meeting with Commodore Khan Mahmood Asif, the commander of a Pakistani Navy flotilla, which docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas this weekend.

“Holding joint meetings to exchange maritime information and knowledge sends the message that security and peace in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the North Indian Ocean can only be ensured with the help of regional countries,” Tazakkor said.

“The purpose of such interactions between the two navies is to strengthen military relations and come up with a method accepted by both sides for the design and implementation of combined naval exercises,” he added.

Tazakkor further noted that this maritime synergy at various levels demonstrates the determination of the navies in establishing the security of transportation and maritime trade in the areas under their control.

Asif, for his part, described bolstering navy ties and conducting joint exercises as the two main goals of the fleet in Bandar Abbas, and said it was of paramount importance for Iran and Pakistan to establish security in the Persian Gulf, which is the most important international highway in the world.

The Pakistani fleet, comprised of two naval vessels, docked in Bandar Abbas for a three-day stay with the purpose of further strengthening relations between Tehran and Islamabad.

Iran and Pakistan in February urged the promotion of cooperation on maritime security and interaction between their naval forces, particularly through holding joint maneuvers.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku