Iraqi navy holds talks with IRGC for joint wargames
Wednesday, 01 May 2019
Iraqi Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ahmed Jassim al-Ma'arij conferred with Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri on exchange of experiences and staging joint naval drills.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iraqi Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ahmed Jassim al-Ma'arij conferred with Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri on exchange of experiences and staging joint naval drills.
"Definitely, foreigners are sad about unity among Muslims in the region and therefore, if this unity is materialized, then the presence of foreigners in the region will be fruitless; therefore, we should deepen and bolster our unity and brotherhood day by day," Rear Admiral Tangsiri said during the meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
Al-Ma'arij, for his part, underscored Iran's positive and active role in confrontation against the ISIL terrorist group, and expressed the hope that relations between the two countries would further broaden.
Development of defensive naval cooperation, increasing coordination between the two navies, training, scientific and research cooperation, exchange of academic experiences in the field of naval sciences, technical and engineering naval cooperation and staging joint naval drills were among other issues discussed in the meeting.
The Iranian Navy and IRGC Navy have active presence in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman and stage periodic naval drills with the neighboring states.
Earlier this month, the Iranian and Omani naval forces held joint rescue and relief maneuvers in the waters near the coasts of Oman in a show of stronger ties between the two countries.
The drills were staged near the coast of Masqat within the framework of the Omani-Iranian Military Friendship Joint Committee, the media center of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported last Wednesday.
Units from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force of Oman as well as the Border Guard Brigade along with units from the Iranian Army's Navy and the IRGC's Navy participated in the drills.
The drills were held as a high-ranking Iranian military delegation, headed by Brigadier General Ghadir Nezami who leads the joint military committee with Oman, was on a visit to Masqat.
He was present at the naval drills and held fruitful talks with senior Omani military officials, parliament speaker and deputy foreign minister.