Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Xinhua - Pakistan, Iran to conduct joint naval exercises

Xinhua - English: "Pakistan, Iran to conduct joint naval exercises

www.chinaview.cn 2005-03-08 21:52:37

ISLAMABAD, March 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Pakistan and Iran will carry outjoint naval exercises aimed at further strengthening ties between the navies of the two countries, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported Tuesday, without mentioning the exact dates of the exercises.

  "This, apart from a good opportunity for personnel of two navies to benefit from each other's experiences, also provides an arena to improve upon naval procedures and doctrines," a Pakistan Navy statement was quoted as saying.

The Iranian naval ships Iris Bandar Abbas and Iris Larak would hold joint exercises with Pakistani navy, the statement said.

The exercise comes at a moment when Western media is all out tocreate a wedge between the time-tested relations between the two countries, said the state-run news agency.

Unnamed Pakistani defense experts, according to APP, termed it a timely step and said that it would not only annul the propaganda by the vested interests of a so-called chill in friendly relationship of the two states but also help maintain peace in thevolatile region of South Asia."

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