The Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 has visited Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to meet senior military figures during an extensive program of regional engagement.
Commodore Asif Khaliq, Pakistan Navy, first met Egyptian Navy leaders to discuss closer cooperation over Red Sea maritime security operations.
The leaders were; Vice Admiral Osama Ahmed Elgendy, Chief of the Egyptian Navy; Rear Admiral Osama Mounir Rabee, Chief of Egyptian Naval Operations, and; Commodore Tarek Adly Abdullah, Head of the Egyptian Coast Guard.
Commodore Khaliq said: “Egypt has a large coastline, and we have a shared vested interest to deter illegal activities and ensure the maritime environment in the region is a safe place for mariners to operate. I look forward to continuing to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the Egyptian maritime forces in this matter.”
Egypt has the largest navy in Africa and the Middle East. The country’s coastline stretches 760km along the Red Sea and nearly 1000km along the Gulf of Suez and Aqaba. CMF ships and those from the Egyptian Navy regularly operate in the same region. Their shared aim is to ensure a safe maritime environment and that goal is set to benefit from increased cooperation between the two organisations.
Commodore Khaliq later visited counterparts in Aqaba and Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He met Brigadier Gen Qasem Fadeel Nahar Tanashat, Commander of the Royal Jordanian Naval Force (RJNF), and Brigadier General Mashjoob Al Maharmeh, Jordanian Chief of Intelligence.
Discussions emphasised the benefits of close coordination between CMF and RJNF to combat maritime crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics and weapons smuggling. It was agreed that challenges to maritime security in the region can be better addressed through mutual cooperation, especially in the field of training and regional maritime exercises.