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Syria: Iran navy presence in Mediterranean Sea cripples Israel

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :8912-06114

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Syrian Defense Minister Lt. General Ali Mohammad Habib Mahmoud said Iranian navy presence in Mediterranean Sea crippled Israel.

"Iranian warships' presence in Mediterranean Sea for the first time after 32 years is a great move," he said in a meeting with Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari in Syria.

The Syrian Defense Minister also stressed further bilateral maritime cooperation.

Two Iranian ships, Khark and Alvand, docked at Syria's Lattakia Port following their passage through the Suez Canal, a strategic international shipping route in Egypt, for the first time since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

Tehran has declared that the two Iranian warships in Lattakia are “on a routine and friendly visit and spread the message of peace and friendship to the entire world.”

On Friday, Sayyari inked a maritime cooperation agreement with his Syrian counterpart General Taleb al-Barri aboard Iranian vessel Khark.

Syrian navy officials toured the two Iranian ships on the same day.

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