|Iranian warships dock in Mumbai||
TEHRAN – Iranian warships have docked in Mumbai on "a goodwill visit" as part of defense ties with India.
The Iranian warships — destroyer Alborz, helicopter-carrying tanker Bandar Abbas and a Russian-origin Kilo-class submarine Younes — entered the Mumbai harbor on Thursday as part of the three-day visit, Times of India reported.
"The Iranian warships, with a crew of 544 personnel, are on a routine overseas deployment. They are docked in the civilian area, not the naval area. The Iranian delegation, along with their ambassador, counsel general, and senior officers, will call on Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and also take part in other exchanges during the visit," said an Indian official.
"Iran and India have shared a cordial relationship. The (Persian) Gulf and Indian Ocean play an important role in Indo-Iran relations, especially since more than 90 percent of the trade of both countries is sea-borne and passes through this region," the official added.
The visit by Iranian warships has come after quite a while, though they have docked in ports like Kochi in the past.
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