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Minister: Iran will not retreat from its interests in Persian Gulf

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9011-15242

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday the country would not retreat from its interests regarding Persian Gulf.

Vahidi stressed that Persian Gulf plays a significant role in different aspects including military, economic, scientific and cultural perspectives, noting enemy's efforts to ignore Iran's role in Persian Gulf is in "vain."

Vahidi speaking in the first International Persian Gulf Oceanography Conference said that enemies cannot weaken Iran's significant role in regional and international policies, adding the efforts are all useless since Islamic Republic of Iran would not retreat from its benefits in Persian Gulf and would confront "imported security" meaning counter security.

He stressed existence of abundant islands in Persian Gulf has given a particular importance to the Persian Gulf, adding western countries have tried to shape the Persian Gulf as a security region, but the region should be considered as an economic one.

Vahidi referred to existence of military forces and war ships in Persian Gulf, noting the region has turned to be a reservoir of ammunition and that injustice has dominated Persian Gulf by the U.S. and European countries.

The defense minister criticized illegal procedures in the Persian Gulf, pointing out some countries practice military interference in Persian Gulf neighboring states and other countries support them while they remain silence.

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