Tehran (IP) - The deputy chief of Iran's navy for coordination says security is the key to economic activity.

Iran PressIran News: Speaking at the third meeting of the maritime security working group of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Tehran, Commodore Babak Baloch, deputy chief of the navy for coordination, called the security in the Indian Ocean the most important issue of this event and stressed that economic activity depends on security.

Commodore Baloch said at the IONS maritime security working group: "Having direct access to open waters for littoral states is considered a great opportunity for progress, the correct exploitation of which will lead to an increase in national wealth and prosperity, and this will be achieved in the shadow of stable and all-round security."

He added: "There is a direct relationship between the gross national product (GNP) of countries and security, so countries are trying to increase their gross national product by taking the necessary measures and decisions, which is a requirement of this economic activity in trade and movement of goods."

Calling the security issue of the Indian Ocean important, Commodore Baloch added: "By increasing collaboration, we can bring security and peace of mind not only to the commercial fleets of our county, but to the whole world."

The deputy chief of the navy for coordination stated: "Today, economic security has become the most serious concern of governments, the main result of which is the trend towards multilateral cooperation, especially peaceful defense cooperation, of which Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) is a clear example in this regard."

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Commodore Baloch considered the convergence of ideas and emphasis on commonalities and actions to be the best way to have a safe ocean and an inclusive and dynamic economy. "The litoral states of the indian ocean are the first beneficiaries of the safety and security of the region, so the common responsibility of all litoral states of these waters is to create a favorable environment in the region through synergy and cooperation without the interference of trans-regional countries."

He finally concluded: "By taking advantage of collective wisdom and strengthening the spirit of brotherhood, we can move forward towards convergence at high levels in the Indian Ocean and provide security to the people of our country like a shining pearl."

The third meeting of the maritime security working group of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) was held in Tehran with the presence of the member countries of the symposium, hosted by the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The meeting was held with the presence of representatives of the naval forces of India, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh and the Sultanate of Oman.

It aims to consolidate friendship and military cooperation with regional and trans-regional friendly countries and develop maritime diplomacy and it shows the power and strength of the navy in being present in international arenas.

After holding this meeting, the international maritime security cooperation center will be opened in Konarak, Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, with the presence of participating members to strengthen and stabilize security in the seas.


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