KARACHI: Three-day 7th International Maritime Conference 2017, attended by naval officers of Russia, China, United Kingdom, Turkey among other countries has concluded on Monday.
The conference over ‘Strategic Outlook in the Indian Ocean Region, 2030 And Beyond: Evolving Challenges and Strategies’ was convened under auspices of Pakistan Navy and meanwhile a multinational exercise of Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka called ‘Aman 2017’ was also carried out.
‘Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah addressed the concluding ceremony today and said that the purpose of the exercise was to ensure protection of the maritime boundary.
He expressed his opinion that strategic role of maritime boundaries have increased in the current world system and that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has added to regional value. Pakistan’s economy would further grow and move towards improved stability under the massive Chinese investment, he added.
Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif also addressed the ceremony and in his speech he said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor holds great significance for the entire region. He said that pirates in the Arabian Sea, menace of human trafficking among other heinous crimes pose a serious challenge to the security agencies.
He called for an effective strategy to counter the threats and lauded Pakistan Navy for conducting a successful exercise and conference.
Aman 2017 is the fifth multinational drill held by Pakistan after it was first realised in 2007 and will continue until February 14.
A total of 37 countries have participated in the exercise with nine states contributing their assets to the drill.-Web Desk