TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran and Pakistan with their navies positioned in the Indian ocean rim are yet to give their nod for participation in Indian Navy’s novel initiative to host a regional interactive conclave in February next year.
Indian Navy in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs is hosting a regional Naval Chiefs conclave and international symposium on the Indian ocean region from February 13-19 to which 31 countries mostly of the Indian ocean rim have been invited.
Modeled on the lines of the Western Pacific Naval symposium of the US Navy, the Indian Navy has set up a permanent grouping called Indian Ocean Naval symposium.
Twenty-six countries including regional naval powers like Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have already confirmed their participation.
The Indian navy through the initiative is seeking to promote its influence and friendship among littoral states as also to promote security in the Indian Ocean region.
At the symposium which would be preceded by a day-long session of the Chiefs of Naval staffs of the participating countries, experts would deliberate on issues like tackling sea piracy, terrorism through sea, security of crucial sea lanes in the Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and Red Sea.