“260 officers from the (Iranian) Armed Forces and a number of others from the friendly states, including Indians, Pakistanis and Omanis, are present in these courses,” Valivand said, addressing a ceremony to start the new DAFOOS course in Tehran on Tuesday.
He added that dissertation of these senior foreign officers will focus on issues related to their countries’ armies.
In relevant remarks in April, Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Abdolrahim Moussavi underlined his country’s willingness to share its anti-terrorism experiences with the Indian Ocean littoral states.
“This region needs utmost interaction and cooperation in all fields to remain in full tranquility and security and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a pioneering country in war on terrorism, is ready to share its experiences in this regard with the Indian Ocean littoral states,” General Moussavi said in a meeting with Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) conference in Tehran.
He expressed confidence that the Indian Ocean littoral states are able to establish security in this strategic region, stressing that presence of the trans-regional countries in the region brings nothing but insecurity.
Admiral Abbasi, for his part, underscored Iran’s long-time presence in international waters, noting that the country’s experiences can be highly important and effective in the establishment of security in the sensitive and strategic region of West Asia and Indian Ocean.
Also in April, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced his country’s willingness to set up an anti-piracy training and combat center for the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) member states.
“We hope to take effective steps with the support and partnership of you, the navy commanders, in the next two years to materialize the goals that we have defined,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said, addressing the closing ceremony of the IONS conference in Tehran.
He added that the decisions include establishment of a regional center in Iran’s Chabahar port to train and combat piracy, formation of a combat as well as a relief and rescue group, start of air and naval patrols, sharing of technical capabilities and equipment and establishment of contact lines among the naval commanders of the Indian Ocean littoral states.