Iran, China and Russia conduct naval exercises in North Indian Ocean – Archyde

Jan 21 (Reuters) – Iran, China and Russia held their third joint naval exercises in the northern Indian Ocean on Friday, state TV reported.

Fleets of the Iranian Armed Forces and Revolutionary Guards are participating in the 2022 Marine Security Belt exercise over an area of ​​17,000 square kilometers (6,560 sq mi), Rear Admiral Mostafa Tajoldini, spokesman for the exercises, told state television.

The exercises include various tactical drills such as rescuing a burning ship, rescuing a hijacked ship and shooting at air targets at night.

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He said the exercises began in the early hours of Friday morning.

The three countries began joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean and Oman Sea area in 2019, Tajoldini said.

“The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen security and its fundamentals in the region and expand multilateral cooperation between the three countries to jointly support world peace and maritime security and create a maritime community with a common future,” said Tajoldini.

Since taking office last June, hard-line Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has pursued a policy of “looking east” to deepen ties with China and Russia. Tehran joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a Central Asian security organization led by Beijing and Moscow, in September.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian visited China last week and the Iranian President met his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Thursday.

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