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News number: 9107123936

16:57 | 2012-12-03

Defence

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Iran Rejects Trans-Regional Forces' Presence in Northern Indian Ocean

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined Iran's opposition to the presence of the trans-regional forces in the Northern waters of the Indian Ocean.



"The Army's Navy does not accept that some countries, which are not from the Indian Ocean region, establish seeming security (in the region) while they actually want to attain their illegitimate interests and disturb regional order and arrangements under the excuse of materializing their strategic interests," Sayyari said, addressing foreign military attachés in Tehran on Sunday evening.

He added that many world countries do everything to attain their interests, and this is the result of their materialistic, socialist and imperialist views, while Iran is different.

The Iranian Navy's presence in free and international seas is just aimed at ensuring security in the region, he said, and added, "The Army's Navy has a message of peace and friendship for the regional countries."

In similar remarks, Sayyari said Iran has a close watch on foreign warships' movements in the regional waters, adding that the Navy has so far prevented warships from approaching the country's borders.

"All movements by regional and trans-regional warships are under our constant watch from the moment they enter our specified zone until they enter the Persian Gulf (protected by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)) and we have not allowed anyone to come close to our borders," Sayyari told reporters here in Tehran on the verge of the National Day of the Navy.