TEHRAN – The commander of the Iranian Navy has said that Caspian Sea littoral states should cooperate to maintain the security of the sea.
“We are seeking to prevent other countries from entering the Caspian Sea region through increasing our cooperation (with other littoral states) because we believe that the security of the Caspian Sea should be maintained by the littoral states,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters after meeting with the commander of the Kazakh Navy, Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov, in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also said that his talks with the Kazakh Navy official were about joint operations in the Caspian Sea, the campaign against terrorism, the preservation of the environment, and the campaign against smuggling and piracy.
“We are seeking to maintain the security of the Caspian Sea, which is the sea of peace and friendship, through these operations,” he said.
In addition, the top commander said Iran and Kazakhstan plan to increase their naval cooperation.
For his part, the commander of the Kazakh Navy said his country attached high importance to Iran’s experience in defense industries and shipbuilding. Zhanzakov also said Kazakhstan was seeking to expand its relations with the Islamic Republic.