The Jerusalem Post (Link) - Contribution by Yaakov Katz (February 26, 2011)
Iran and Syria have agreed to cooperate on naval training, Reuters reported Iran’s official news agency saying on Saturday.
“The two parties will cooperate with each other in training issues and the exchange of personnel,” the Iranian news agency quoted the agreement, signed by the commanders of both navies, as saying.
The agreement came days after two Iranian warships – the Khark, which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters, and the Alvand, which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – arrived at Syria’s Latakia seaport on Thursday through the Suez Canal.
The announcement of the cooperation agreement came the same day that Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that Russia would fulfill its contractual obligation and complete the transfer of cruise missiles to Syria, according to an AFP report. The report said that news agencies in Moscow said the Kremlin did not intend to withdraw from the deal signed between the two countries in 2007, despite the objections of Israel and the United States.