Iran likely to dispatch destroyers to Italian ports

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TEHRAN, Sep. 25 (MNA) – Iran’s Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that Iranian destroyers might dock at Italian ports in the near future.

Speaking among reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held on Sunday, on the beginning of school year of Iran's Supreme National Defense University, Sayyari said, "yesterday Iran dispatched a peace and friendship flotilla consisting of two guided-missile destroyer, a frigate carrier, fleet support ships and a helicopter to Pakistan's ports to provide security in high risk regions of the world."

Sayyari also noted that Iranian Navy's 43rd flotilla of warships is conducting its overseas mission in Gulf of Aden.

Furthermore, he added, an Italian Navy warship, dubbed Euro, has docked at Iran's southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan province, on Saturday for a four-day stay, in line with the two countries’ plan to boost friendly military relations. He underlined that Iranian destroyers will also probably visit ports of Italy in the near future.

Sayyari noted that such visits are aimed at enhancing international maritime interactions and conducting joint naval maneuvers between two or more countries.

"Certainly we had a joint maneuver with Italian warship upon its arrival and we would have one while its departure, yet this doesn't mean cooperating with NATO," commander underlined.

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