The five-day multinational maritime exercise AMAN-19, hosted by the Pakistan Navy (PN), commenced in Karachi on Friday.
During today's flag raising ceremony, the flags of 46 countries participating in this year's drill were hoisted and a smartly turned out contingent of the Navy presented a march-past.
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Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi addressed the opening ceremony as the chief guest. In his address, he elaborated that Aman, which means peace, is a step to enhance cooperation.
He further said that maritime security is pivotal for national security and safeguarding maritime routes is essential for the economy.
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Officials also confirmed that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Pakistan Army are taking part in the exercise.
Ambassadors and delegates of various countries were also present at the ceremony.