Persian Gulf Security: A Call for Regional Cooperation and Interdependence
A high-ranking Iranian commander has recently proposed a cooperative approach to managing the security of the Persian Gulf region. This sentiment was expressed during a meeting held in Tehran with Major General Matar bin Salim bin Rashid al Balushi, the Commander of the Royal Army of Oman. The Iranian commander stressed that the Persian Gulf countries have the necessary capacities to ensure regional security without the need for external interference.
Sharing Experiences and Strengthening Regional Security
During the meeting, the Iranian commander lauded the capabilities of the Iranian and Omani military forces in terms of operations, training, and intelligence. He proposed that by sharing their experiences, the two nations could effectively strengthen regional security. Furthermore, he commended Oman’s regional policies and urged Omani naval forces to participate in the Marine Security Belt naval exercises.
Responding to the Iranian commander’s propositions, the Omani commander advocated for enhanced military cooperation between Oman and Iran. He highlighted Oman’s policy of fostering strong relations with neighboring countries and underscored the strategic significance of the proximity of Oman and Iran to the Strait of Hormuz.
Previous Peace and Cooperation Initiatives
Prior to this meeting, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces had visited Oman in May for discussions about promoting peace, cooperation, and security in the region. In April 2019, high-ranking military officials from Iran and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries across various military domains. Over the past few years, the two nations have participated in several joint naval drills, further demonstrating their commitment to regional security.
The meeting between the Iranian and Omani commanders signifies a shared desire to ensure the security of the Persian Gulf region through regional cooperation and interdependence. This approach is premised on the belief that the countries within the region have the necessary capabilities and resources to maintain regional security without external intervention. This perspective could pave the way for a new approach to security in the Persian Gulf, one that prioritizes cooperation, shared experiences, and mutual respect.
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