Tasnim, Turkish news agency, reported that Iran is under discussion with Russia and China to launch a joint naval drill in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, following the increased tensions in the area.
The Head of Foreign Affairs for Iran’s General Staff, Ghadir Nezami, reported to Tasnim, that the drill will take place in the Gulf of Oman and at the northern part of the Indian Ocean, adding that Iran will not conduct the drill in the Persian Gulf.
The collaboration between Russia, Iran and China shows the capability of the countries to partner, whereas also presents the ‘political goals’ behind this exercise.
Yet, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang didn’t provide details on the drill, stating only that Chinese armed forces have a normal cooperation and exchange with armed forces of other countries.
In line with this joint drill, the US is already leading a naval mission in the Gulf, boosting the maritime safety and security in the area.
For the time being, the US coalition includes, the UAE, Israel, the UK and South Korea, Australia, whereas China is still considering its joining. In the meantime, Germany and France have already declined US’s invitation, in light of potential escalation.