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Iran keen to cooperate with Denmark in anti-piracy efforts

Iran Materials 20 May 2011 17:09
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi voiced Tehran's preparedness to cooperate with Denmark in combating pirates in the international waters.
Iran keen to cooperate with Denmark in anti-piracy efforts

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi voiced Tehran's preparedness to cooperate with Denmark in combating pirates in the international waters, Fars news agency reported.

In a message to his Danish counterpart, Salehi thanked Danish navy for freeing 16 Iranian fishermen taken hostage by pirates.

He appreciated the efforts of the Danish navy in releasing Iranian fishermen who were taken hostages by the pirates.

The Iranian minister also expressed Iran's readiness for further cooperation with Denmark in these issues aiming at bringing about security to the ships in the international waters.

After a firefight with pirates in the Indian Ocean on May 15, the Danish naval forces freed 16 Iranian fishermen.

Earlier this month, the Iranian Navy dispatched its 14th flotilla of warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against Somali pirates.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

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