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Iran Navy ready to expand presence in int'l waters: Commander

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Sunday that the Iranian naval forces are ready to expand their presence in the international waters to serve national interests.

Talking to IRNA, Sayyari said Iranian naval forces will go to the Atlantic Ocean to protect commercial ships and oil tankers.

Today, he said, the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys great capabilities as well as faithful experts.

He further said Iran's Navy is now ready more than ever before to ensure security of Iranian commercial ships and oil tankers.

The commander also said Iran's presence in the international waters carries the message of peace and friendship.

Referring to Iranian fleet's berthing at ports of Lebanon, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and recently in Sudan, the commander thanked all those states for their cooperation.

Iran, he said, was among the first countries to dispatch its fleets to different regions including Gulf of Aden in order to help fight pirates and maintain security of the sea lines.

Iran's help to foreign ships in the international waters showed the country's goodwill in strengthening world pace and stability, said the commander.

On Iran's new naval equipment, Sayyari said they have all been built domestically according to international standards.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1034110

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