"Our joint military drills in Oman Sea/Indian Ocean w/ our Russian & Chinese partners make clear our broader commitment to secure vital waterways," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Friday.
Iran has long stated its readiness to work w/our neighbors to secure Persian Gulf. #HOPE-Hormuz Peace Endeavour-is on table right now— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 27, 2019
Our joint military drills in Oman Sea/Indian Ocean w/ our Russian & Chinese partners make clear our broader commitment to secure vital waterways.
Zarif's tweet came on the same day that Iran, Russia and China started four days of joint maritime exercise, dubbed as the "Marine Security Belt", in an area of 17,000 square kilometers which consist of "various tactical exercises", such as target practicing and rescuing ships from assault and incidents such as fires.
"Among the objectives of this exercise are improving the security of international maritime trade, countering maritime piracy and terrorism, exchanging information regarding rescue operations and operational and tactical experience," Second Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani said.