Admiral Sayyari on Tuesday night met with navy leaders of Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Croatia, Algeria, and a number of navy officers from Russia and Italy.

During these talks, the sides exchanged views on development of relations between the navies of their countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy.

Sayyari arrived in the Italian city of Venice on Tuesday morning as the special guest of the 11th edition of Regional Seapower Symposium of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries, commonly known as RSS.

This is one of the first visits of an Iranian military commander to a European country, and perhaps the first one to a Western state since the 1979 Revolution in Iran.

The event was kicked off Tuesday, October 17, and will be underway until October 20 in Venice.

During the Symposium, which is attended by navy commanders of 50 countries, the top admirals discuss ways to counter illegal activities, technical innovation, and reinforcement of cooperation in marine security.

The purpose of the Regional Seapower Symposium for the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries is to create a forum where the leaders of the regional Navies can meet and discuss about their common challenges and strengthen mutual co-operation.