Naval Presence of Hostile Countries in Region Unjustifiable: Iranian Commander
“Our message to non-regional and non-friendly countries is that there is enough power in our region, and there is no justification for their presence in the waters of this region,” Irani said on Saturday.
He added, however, that there is no problem if extra-regional countries come to the region to visit and exchange knowledge.
“But if they want to enter the security field, we have to say that today the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept such a thing,” he warned, Press TV reported.
Iranian commanders have repeatedly warned against the presence of hostile extra-regional navies in the region, saying that neither the region nor the countries hosting them would become safer by their presence.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rear Admiral Irani referred to the latest maritime exercises organized by the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), saying that the Iranian Navy’s Dena destroyer had a powerful presence in the exercise.
He said the operational capability of the Iranian Navy was assessed during the exercise.
“Our goal was to prove ourselves and prove our country’s defense capability and introduce the humanitarian culture of Iranians and the Islamic Republic establishment to the world,” the commander said.
He explained that providing humanitarian aid was part of the exercise, adding: “We want to tell the neighboring countries to be sure that the establishment of security in (the regional waters), in particular in the northern region of the Indian Ocean, can be done by ourselves. , and we just need to get closer to each other and our hearts should come together.
The IONS exercises began on March 29 off the Indian port city of Goa. The biennia featured 24 Indian Ocean Rim States.