lslamabad - Pakistan Navy Ships RAHNAWARD (tall ship) and DEHSHAT (fast attack craft-missile) visited Iranian port of Bandar Abbas from November 20 to November 24, said a press release on Thursday.

The port call elicited a warm response and cordial hospitality by both the Iranian Navy and the government. Captain Khalid Pervez, Commander 10th Patrol Craft Squadron, commanded PN Task Group as mission commander.

The visit was aimed to promote peace and' security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly regional navies.

During the visit, PN delegation held many important meetings with the naval-cum-military leadership of Iran on matters of mutual interest including calls on to Cdre Hossain Azad (Cdr 1st Naval Zone of IRIN), Capt Mustafa Tajdeeni (Cdr Surface Forces of IRIN), Fereidon (Governor of Hormuzgan Province) and Ayatollah Ghulam Ali Naeemabadi (representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei).

A reception dinner was also hosted during the visit by Mission Cdr onboard PNS RAH NAWARD which was attended by Asif Durrani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, senior Iranian military and civil officials along with military attaches from China, Poland, Germany, and Japan.

The visit of the PN flotilla to Iran, which is the second within a span of one-year, amply demonstrates strengthening of cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran based on mutual respect, shared history and culture.