TEHRAN - Iran is to build a new naval base on its coast of the Gulf of Oman. The location is Pasabandar, near Iran’s border with Pakistan, reported Fars news agency.The move came as Pakistan prepared to sign an agreement with a Chinese firm to hand over the control of Gwadar Port. "The naval base which is under-construction is located in our country's far east coasts in the Gwatr Gulf along the borders with Pakistan," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday.He said that the Navy has intensified its efforts to develop the Makran coasts, which stretches from Iran's port city of Bandar Abbas to Makran (also known as Pasabandar).

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