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News number: 8902221741

19:12 | 2010-05-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Urges Pullout of Foreign Troops from Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iranian lawmaker on Wednesday urged the foreign troops to pull out of the region, underlining that establishment and protection of security is a responsibility of the Muslim countries of the region.



"Establishing and maintaining security of the region which is a task for the Islamic world must be merely carried out by the Muslim states," Head of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

"There is no necessity for the presence of the alien countries to establish security in our region," Boroujerdi added.

He also reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks friendship and cooperation with all the regional countries in an effort to maintain security and secure the interests of all Muslim nations in the volatile regions of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Oman Sea.

The senior legislator invited all friendly and neighboring countries to alliance, stressing that alliance for collective measures is a major strategy of the Islamic Republic.

He also expressed the hope that foreign forces would withdraw from the region as soon as possible.

Boroujerdi made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony to wrap up the six-staged naval maneuvers, codenamed Vellayat 89, in the Strait of Hormuz and northern Indian Ocean.

During the wargames which started last Wednesday, the Iranian Army test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of its home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircraft, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems in the massive military drills.

Iranian officials have stressed that the wargames had a message of peace, security and friendship for all the regional states.