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IMO Chief hails Iran role in maritime security

Tehran, Head of International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Saturday appreciated Iran's efforts in confronting Somalia's pirates and guarantying security of Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

Iran has had significant progress in shipping and maritime industry, and has contributed to a more secure maritime environment by confronting pirates, said Kitack Lim, the Secretary General of IMO at a forum held on World Maritime Day in Tehran.

Lim, who has been the head of IMO since 2015, said this year is designated as 'IMO 70: Our Heritage � Better Shipping for a Better Future'.

The designation shows the importance of maritime industry that was the transportation means of 10.6 tons of commodities.

He also appreciated Iran's cooperation on investigation committee of Sanchi incident.

The Panama-flagged tanker Sanchi and a Chinese vessel named Crystal collided in January in East China Sea. Thirty Iranian and two Bangladeshi sailors were killed.

The Secretary General also announced that Iran will be the host of IMO international meetings in 2021 to continue its influential role in maritime industry.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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