Makran coastline, Iran golden gate to intl. waters: Navy cmdr.

Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has described Makran coastline in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan as Iran’s golden gate to open seas and international waters.

Speaking after a tour of the area on Wednesday, Sayyari said Makran coastline offers Iranian naval forces direct access to the Antarctica.

The senior Iranian military figure also paid a visit to various development projects on Makran coastline, including housing and combat units, as well as several educational and cultural centers.

Makran is a semi-desert coastal strip in the south of Sistan and Baluchestan province. The coastline stretches into Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan and southern province of Sindh.

Of the 1,000-kilometer (621-mile) coastline, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) is in Iran and the rest is in Pakistan. Long sandy beaches, rugged promontories and tidal creeds characterize the coastline.

In line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iran’s 27th naval fleet docked at a Sudanese port in the Red Sea after patrolling the high seas to safeguard Iranian merchant vessels and oil tankers.

The Navy’s 26th fleet was dispatched on June 2 to patrol waters in the north of the Indian Ocean and pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and the Red Sea.

The Iranian Navy also plans to dispatch its 28th fleet to the Atlantic, Pacific or South Indian oceans in the near future.


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