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Iranians are a peace-loving nation: Navy Chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 20, IRNA -- Iranians are a peace-loving nation and don’t want trouble with other countries, Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday.

He made the remark in an interview with IRNA.

'Our continued presence in the international waters is for defensive purposes and to protect the country's cargo ships around the world and in particular in the Gulf of Aden and North of the Indian Ocean.'

'Iranian naval ships have peaceful purposes and carry the message of peace and security for regional countries.'

Commander Sayyari also noted that 'Iran aims to manufacture more destroyers in near future.'

Iran's navy has been boosting its presence in international waters since last year, deploying vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on missions to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West through the Suez Canal.

Tehran also sent two ships into the Mediterranean for the first time in February 2011 through the Suez Canal.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80192564

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