Pakistan’s Commodore Muhammad Ihsan Qadir, the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, recently met with the Acting Chief of the Omani Coast Guard, Captain Ali Saif Al-Mobali to discuss the current maritime security situation off of the coast of Oman.
With the CTF 151 area of operations being over 2.5 million square miles, Commodore Qadir stressed that combating piracy over such a wide area takes an international effort. As such, the Commodore conveyed his appreciation for the Omani Coast Guard and their diligent patrolling of the Omani territorial waters.
Captain Ali Saif Al-Mobali expressed his gratitude for the actions of CTF 151 and the other counter-piracy task forces in the region. He said, “The country of Oman relies heavily on maritime shipping. Rebuilding the confidence of the maritime shipping community and ensuring safe passage through the Gulf of Oman and the Gulf of Aden is vital to the country’s growth.”
Commodore Qadir said, “This meeting provided me with a great opportunity to discuss some important issues with Captain Ali Saif Al-Mobali.”
He added “The coordination and cooperation of the Omani Coast Guard has been a critical component of the success of the international counter-piracy efforts in the area.”