Iran to attend navy summit in UAE

08:57, May 11, 2010      

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Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the third Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), the local satellite Press TV reported Monday.

Sayyari, heading a high-ranking delegation, will take part in the conference slated for May 10 to 12 in Abu Dhabi, the report said.

The meeting will likely revolve around the recent spate of attacks by Somali pirates on merchant ships and oil tankers passing through Suez Canal, according to Press TV.

Earlier in April, Ibrahim al Musharakh, commander of the UAE navy said that "The whole Indian Ocean is affected by piracy so all the countries that overlook the Indian Ocean should have a role."

"It's significant (that) it's being held here. We are part of the Indian Ocean community and this phenomenon of piracy affects this country, this region and there have been incidents close to home," Musharakh was quoted as saying by The National daily.

On Feb. 15, 2008, as many as 26 chiefs-of-navy of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) littoral states gathered together in open assembly in New Delhi, to launch the first regional maritime security initiative, namely, the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

IONS provides a regional forum through which the chiefs-of-navy of all the littoral states of the IOR can periodically meet to engage one another through the creation and promotion of regionally relevant mechanisms, events, and activities.



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