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Iranian military to 'greet' warships in Syria amid Israeli concern

RIA Novosti

10:56 24/02/2011

MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Senior Iranian military figures are in the Syrian capital Damascus for a ceremony to greet the arrival of two Iranian warships later on Thursday.

The two vessels involved, the British-built frigate the Alvand and supply vessel the Kharg, docked at the Port of Latakia on Wednesday. Israel last week described the planned move as a "provocation."

It is the first time since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution that Iranian warships passed through the Suez Canal.

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sattari is leading the delegation of military officials in Syria.

The ceremony at Lattakia later today will feature officials from both countries, a senior Iranian official told the IRNA news agency.

In his comments on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country "takes a grave view" of the Iranian step.

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