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45 nations attend 5-day naval exercise in Pakistan

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Pakistan personal stand guard during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan's navy has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi as part of efforts to enhance cooperation in combatting pirates, terrorists and smugglers.

Representatives from the navies of 45 nations, including the United States, Britain and Japan, are participating in the exercise titled "Aman" or peace, which began Friday in the Northern Arabian sea.

Pakistan's navy says several countries also sent vessels in addition to sailors to participate in the exercise.

Pakistan has been hosting the exercise since 2007 but has never invited archrival neighboring India.

Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations. They have fought two of their three wars over disputed the Himalayan region of Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947

Pakistan Naval personal hoist national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan Naval personal carry national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan Naval personal hoist national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan Naval personal hoist national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan Naval personal carry national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan Naval personal carry national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan personal stand guard during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Pakistan personal stand guard during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy has begun near the southern port city of Karachi in an effort aimed at enhancing cooperation in keeping the seas safe from pirates, terrorists and smugglers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)