Iran and several other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq, will soon form a joint naval force to provide security in the Persian Gulf. This was announced by the commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, in a television program, according to reports from the Iranian news agency "Fars". "Today the countries of the region have realized that the security of the region can be established through the synergy and cooperation of the regional states," added the senior Iranian official, according to whom Pakistan and India could also join the joint force.
Irani said, “Almost all the countries in the North Indian Ocean region have come to the conclusion that they need to support the Islamic Republic of Iran and jointly establish security with significant synergy. Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan and India are among these countries. Earlier, a Qatari news site "Al Jadid" reported that Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman will form a joint naval force under the auspices of China to improve maritime security in the Persian Gulf. According to "Al Jadidi", "China has already begun to mediate negotiations between Tehran, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi aimed at strengthening the safety of maritime navigation in the strategic body of water".