Iran’s marine border guards have wrapped up a seven-day naval exercise, code-named Val Fajr, in Iran’s southern sea borders. The five-phase drill was aimed at protecting Iran’s sea borders against human trafficking and drug smuggling. The last phase of the exercise included rescuing hostages from pirates, fighting fuel smuggling and combating human trafficking. Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam said,
In recent years, as a result of the efforts of Iranian border guards, sources of insecurity such as human trafficking, drug smuggling and sea border invasions have dropped by over 50% in the Persian Gulf.
Iran’s Border Police Commander, Hossein Zolfaqari, underlined that while
The message of the exercise is security and peace for our neighbors and the vessels passing through the Persian Gulf, Iran is also sending out a strong message to the pirates and smugglers that the watchful eyes of the Iranian border guards will prevent them from any wrongdoing in Iran’s territorial waters.