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FM: Warships maintain Iranian vessels security in int'l waters

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the presence of Iranian warships in the Red Sea and other international waters is aimed at providing the security of Iran's ships traveling in the international waters.

Iran occasionally sends its warships to the international waters to help secure the safety of Iranian merchant ships and thwart the possible threats by pirates.

'The Army's naval forces are present in this region with the purpose of providing the security of the region,' Salehi said.

He reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has friendly ties with the Red Sea countries.

Iran started dispatching warships to the high seas after its cargo vessels and tankers came under attack and were hijacked by Somali pirates. The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80517533

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