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Defense minister: Iran after preserving security of Hormuz Strait

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Wednesday said Iran has always been after preserving the security of Hormuz Strait.

He told reporters after a cabinet meeting said presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf is destructive.

On Tueday, Army Commander Brigadier General Ataollah Salehi speaking on the sidelines of the Velayat-90 military drill in Chahbahar recommended US Navy sailing out of Hormuz Strait not to come back again.

Pointing to the role of the Iranian Armed Forces in protecting the strategic Hormuz Strait, Vahidi said the presence of foreign forces in the region only made situation in the region chaotic.

The defense minister said the IRGC naval forces are scheduled to hold another military drill in the region in the near future.

He also expressed Iran’s readiness to hold joint maneuver with neighboring countries.

Commenting on Velayat-90 military drill, Vahidi said Iran conducted the drill independently and based on its own capabilities while some observers from Persian Gulf states and other neighboring countries were closely watching it.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30748826

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