Pakistan’s Commodore Muhammad Ishan Qadir, the Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), recently met the Acting Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rasheed Taj Moyd Al Raisi to thank him for their ongoing support of international counter-piracy efforts in the region.
During the meeting the Commodore provided an overview of CTF 151’s counter-piracy operations and the state of piracy in the region. He said, “Reported pirate activity has declined, owing in part to the security measures adopted by the maritime shipping industry, increased stability in northern Somalia and largely to the presence of international counter-piracy naval forces.”
They both agreed that the final solution to the piracy problem probably lies on land and with the Somali government. Consequently, they declared publicly that the international community must continue to support Somalia to help bring peace and stability to that country.
Following the meeting, Commodore Qadir extended his thanks to his hosts, saying, “The Royal Navy of Oman is a capable, professional and proficient naval force that does an outstanding job of patrolling and protecting the territorial waters of Oman from piracy.”