0804 GMT February 21, 2019
The visit by the Iranian flotilla is in line with great maritime tradition and to strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries, Captain Amir Hosseini Aranai, the commander of the Iranian flotilla told IRNA on Wednesday.
Pakistan Navy senior officers welcomed the Iranian naval fleet including ‘Neza’, ‘Khanjar’ and ‘Bushehr’ navy ships.
The commander said that during the three-day stay at Karachi, Iran and Pakistan navies will hold joint drills in Pakistani seas.
Historically, Iran and Pakistan have enjoyed cordial relations since Pakistan’s independence in 1947. The two friendly and neighboring countries enjoy vast defense relations and cooperation.
In recent years, Iran’s Naval Forces have increased their presence in international waters to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.