Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Iran, Oman discuss joint defense drills.

Iran and Oman have held a third round of defense talks attended by top military officials on the eve of planned joint defense drills.

The Iranian delegation discussed “mutual border issues” with the Omani officials in Monday's meeting, the Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Tuesday.

Oman's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmad Bin Harith Al Nabhani, Inspector-General of Police and Customs Lieutenant General Malik bin Sulaiman al Maamari, and Minister of Defense Affairs Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al Busaidi attended the meeting, the statement added.

The meeting focused on sharing expertise in training and research, exchanging technical knowhow, coordinating police activities and fighting terrorism, piracy and narcotics.

The talks come days after the two countries held another round of talks on joint military cooperation.

At the talks with commanders of the Omani air and naval forces on Sunday, both sides underlined the need to boost ties and develop closer military cooperation to establish lasting security in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. 

Iran and Oman plan to hold their second joint drill on Wednesday.



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