Iran’s top Naval Commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, heading a delegation arrived in New Delhi, India on Sunday to attend the 10th anniversary of the “Indian Ocean Naval Symposium” (IONS).

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi

Iran Press/Asia: Admiral Hossein Khanzadi is scheduled to attend the IONS symposium in Kochi Port in southwestern India on Monday.

Ahead of his departure, Khanzadi told that the Indian Navy has held a special three-day summit with participation of 32 countries on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, IRNA reported.

“The Indian Ocean region is considered one of the most important areas of the world, and its security is very important.

In this regard, IONS has been working for 10 years to increase environmental awareness and synergy among the countries of the region to achieve collective security,' he said.

He went on to say that Iran's strategic navy has been chairing the summit for 2 years, nearly 6 months of which has passed.

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, commonly known as IONS, are a series of biennial meetings among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region.

It provides a forum to increase maritime security cooperation, providing a chance for discussion of regional maritime issues and promote friendly relationships among the member nations.

Also on November 3, Indian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vijay Gokhale said, India plans to develop Iran's Chabahar port as a gateway to connect with Central Asia.

Earlier on October 23, T.S. Tirumurti, the deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and secretary of Council of Economic Relations of India has said that Iran's Chabahar port is important not only for neighbouring countries, but also for all the regional countries.

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, commonly known as IONS, are a series of biennial meetings among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region. It provides a forum to increase maritime security cooperation, providing a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promote friendly relationships among the member nations. 103

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Nov 11, 2018 09:41 Asia/Tehran
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