Dubai, May 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): Ambassador of Pakistan Asif Durrani has said that the recently concluded joint Naval exercise between Pakistan and United Arab Emirates “Nasr Al Bahr” signifies resolve of the two brotherly countries to fight against terrorism, smuggling, piracy and other infringements of international law.
He was addressing a reception attended by Col Abdullah Yousaf Abdullah Al Hamadi, Deputy Director Operations and Training of UAE Navy at the PNS Tippu Sultan, officers of UAE navy, diplomats and distinguished members of the expatriate Pakistani community.
The Ambassador said that the visit of Pakistan Naval Ship was a manifestation of close brotherly, diplomatic and military relations between the both countries. He stated that navies of Pakistan and UAE periodically conduct joint exercises to ensure stability of the region.
PNS Tippu Sultan arrived at Port Rashid, Dubai on a four-day goodwill visit from 9th to 13th May 2014. Ambassador Durrani mentioned in his speech that Pakistan and UAE Navies had recently concluded a bilateral exercise “Nasr Al Bahr” in Arabian Sea from 20th to 26th April, 2014.
The exercise was aimed to improve interoperability for strengthening naval cooperation and to attain high quality of training with maximum tactical interaction, he elaborated. He observed that the exercise had provided an opportunity to both navies to explore wide range training opportunities in the domain of Maritime Security/Interdiction Operations and to improve tactical doctrines.
Both navies were engaged in various harbour and sea based activities encompassing anti-piracy operations and asymmetric threat at sea which included above water warfare, maritime air operations, scenario based exercises, tactical games/ manoeuvres and Search and Rescue exercises, he added. He reiterated that Pakistan believes in promoting peace and security in the region to ensure freedom of seas and trade.
Ambassador Durrani said that Pakistan and UAE enjoyed close and fraternal relations. He pointed out that leadership of both countries share each other’s perspectives. At the international fora, he added, both countries maintain close liaison and enjoy commonality of views on most international issues. He stated that continuation and further strengthening of the fraternal bonds remain the cornerstone of the policies pursued under the leadership of both countries.
Ambassador Durrani thanked the UAE leadership for supporting Pakistan through economic and social uplift in testing times. He also mentioned that over a million expatriate Pakistanis were contributing in the development of UAE. Commander of PNS Tippu Sultan Capt. Muhammad Ali briefly apprised the audience about technical details of the naval vessel and purpose of the visit.
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