He said that Iran has always proved to be contributing to the establishment of security in international waters, including the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman, adding that the forthcoming drills are meant to promote the security of international trade in the region in the face of threats posed by maritime terrorism and piracy.
The drills convey the message of security and stability for all world countries, Shekarchi said, adding that sharing experience in maritime rescue operations was also pursued in the maneuvers.
Confirming Russian participation, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “We, the People’s Republic of China, and Iran are preparing naval drills for fighting terrorists and pirates in this part of the Indian Ocean.” Commenting on the trilateral exercise, Lavrov said on October 2 that the exercise will be undertaken to train their forces in anti-piracy and anti-terrorism efforts.
Analysts describe the drills as a “show of strength” by Iran and its allies in the wake of recent escalations in the region.
Observers also believe the drills represent the China-Russia-Iran relationship and convergences formed due to various trends and developments, including growing opposition to the United States that has risen further under President Donald Trump, according to a recent report by the online Washington-based international news magazine The Diplomat.