September 21, 2019 12:09
News ID: 7544

(Persia Digest) – An Iranian military official has announced that joint drills between Iran, China, and Russia will be held in the Sea of Oman in the near future.

Commander Ghadir Nezami, the Head of International Affairs and Defense Diplomacy of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff told Fars News, affiliated to the IRGC: “We have started holding military drills with other countries. For the first time after the Islamic Revolution, a trilateral drill will be held with Russia and China in the North Indian Ocean and Sea of Oman.”

He continued: “The North Indian Ocean and Sea of Oman are free waters. We have not planned this in the Persian Gulf.”

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He reiterated: “Military drills aim mainly to exchange military tactics and experiences. They can also have a diplomatic objective to show convergence between the participants.”

The Iranian military official added: “The heads of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, defense ministers, and commanders of the armed forces of a number of countries will travel to Iran soon.”

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Nezami also pointed to a recent trip by the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran to China on the invitation of the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of China, saying: “This is the first time after forty years that such a trip took place to China following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Talks were conducted on strategic and operational levels. A roadmap was drawn for the armies of both countries to carry out their intermediate-term operations at the highest level of cooperation in the future.”

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