Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Thursday that the 38th flotilla of the Iranian Navy is scheduled to dock at the Tanzanian port city of Dar es Salaam in a couple of days.
“The flotilla will probably dock at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” Sayyari told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with an Indian Navy delegation.
He further highlighted the significance of security in the Indian Ocean, saying that its importance is no secret to anyone.
Iran’s trade is mostly carried out in this strategic region, and the northern Indian Ocean is of importance to Iran, India, and the world, the Iranian commander noted.
“We will not allow any insecurity in this part of the world,” he stressed.
He also touched upon his meeting with the Indian delegation, saying that the two sides talked about the establishment of security in the Indian Ocean.
An Indian flotilla will visit Iran’s port city of Bandar Abbas in April-May, he noted, adding that the Iranian and Indian navies are scheduled to hold joint tactical drills and relief and rescue exercises.
The two sides also agreed to have cooperation in the fields of education and construction as well as technical interactions, he added.
It was the second meeting in six months between Iran’s Navy commander and an Indian military team.
In August 2015, and after a meeting with a top-ranking military delegation from India’s University of Strategic Sciences, Sayyari said Iran and India, as two influential countries in the region, can develop broad maritime relations with each other.
Sayyari also expressed the hope that Tehran and New Delhi would promote their relations to end trans-regional countries’ presence for safeguarding security in the northern part of the Indian Ocean.