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Iran keen to help Djibouti curb piracy

Iran Materials 12 January 2011 15:24
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has announced Iran's readiness to cooperate with the Republic of Djibouti in combating sea terrorism.
Iran keen to help Djibouti curb piracy

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has announced Iran's readiness to cooperate with the Republic of Djibouti in combating sea terrorism, Press TV reported.

Iran's navy can assist Djibouti in Logistic sections and naval equipment as well as training and protecting vessels, Sayyari said in a meeting with the country's Chief of General Staff Fathi Ahmed Houssein in its capital city of Djibouti on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

Iran's top navy official touched upon the strategic and important position of the African state in the Gulf of Aden, citing the presence in that country of Iranian warships deployed to the region as an honor to all Islamic states.

Meanwhile, in another meeting with Djibouti's Navy Commander Admiral Abdurrahman Aden Cher, General Sayyari declared Iran's preparedness to broaden its cooperation in logistics, training, repairing and preserving the African country's warships.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Djibouti are currently collaborating in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and sea piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Heading a naval delegation, Admiral Sayyari is in Djibouti for a three-day visit, during which he also plans to meet with the country's naval authorities to secure a number of military deals.

The commanders of the Djiboutian Navy visited Iran's naval installations in 2008 and called for the expansion of cooperation in all fields, especially in training cadets, administrative strategies, construction work as well as maintaining equipment.

In the wake of surging sea piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Iran has sent a new fleet of vessels to the area in an effort to protect its merchant vessels and oil tankers form Somali pirates.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard maritime trade and in particular ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

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