Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Other Countries to Form Naval Coalition in Northern Indian Ocean
(MENAFN) In a significant development, Iranian Navy Commander Shahram Irani announced on Saturday the formation of a naval coalition in the northern Indian Ocean. This coalition will include Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and other countries in the region. The aim of this coalition is to enhance maritime security in the northern Indian Ocean, which is a strategically important area. The involvement of these nations signifies a collaborative effort to address common security concerns and maintain stability in the region.
In a parallel development, the UAE recently declared its withdrawal from a U.S.-led naval force. The Emirati foreign ministry's website stated on Wednesday that Abu Dhabi has decided to leave the Joint Maritime Forces operating in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. The decision to quit the naval coalition was made after a comprehensive evaluation of the UAE's security needs.
Analysts suggest that Abu Dhabi's decision to withdraw from the U.S.-led force aligns with its goal of diversifying its security relationships. The UAE aims to explore alternative avenues for safeguarding its maritime interests and forging partnerships that cater to its specific security requirements. This move highlights the UAE's pursuit of an independent and flexible foreign policy approach in navigating the complex dynamics of the region.
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