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China, Russia and Iran To Hold Naval Drills in March

Commander of the Iranian Navy Adm. Shahram Irani announced that Iran would be holding joint naval drills with Russia and China in March, “2024 Marine Security Belt.” The drills would be aimed at “regional security,” he said. He did not indicate where the drills would be held, but last year, similar drills were held in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) first reported on the joint exercise with Russia and China in December, but at that time, Admiral Irani did not elaborate on when the drills would take place. The Iranian commander said back then that Pakistan, Brazil, Oman, India, and South Africa were among the countries invited as observers.

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