0546 GMT May 27, 2019
“There are very good capacities for military cooperation between the navies of the two countries and we hope that this trip would lead to many achievements in this regard,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Saturday, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Heading a high-ranking military delegation, he began his trip on Saturday upon an official invitation by his Chinese counterpart to attend the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.
China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a major review in the waters off Qingdao in Shandong Province on April 22-25.
The promotion of exchanges with the Chinese Navy in various areas, including the development of military cooperation, educational ties and joint technical activities are among the goals of the trip, the commander said.
The commander added that during his stay in China, he would hold talks with top military officials of the East Asian country.
Before leaving Tehran, Khanzadi said the most important goal of his trip was to develop interaction and contact between the navies of Iran and China, Press TV reported.
He also expressed hope that the two navies would increase their cooperation in the near future after identifying all capacities in the maritime technical, educational and operational sectors.
Khanzadi also underlined the need for respecting maritime resources and interests of the regional countries.
“The navies of the regional countries can provide security of the Indian Ocean,” he said, adding Iran does not accept of the presence of transregional navies in the region.
Khanzadi also said he would offer Iran’s technical advice on how to reach collective security in different regions, such as the Indian Ocean, during talks with his counterparts.
Iran and China have close diplomatic, economic, trade and energy ties, and in recent years have developed their military relations as well.