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Sayyari: Navy shoulders heavy task of presence in int'l seas

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 24, IRNA -- Iranian Navy shoulders the heavy task of maintaining strong presence on international waters, upon orders of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday.

'In order to implement the deep insight of the Leader of Islamic Revolution when His Eminence said 'The Iranian Navy is a political, military, scientific and international force,' we need to have double-efforts and extra will to achieve our desired four-characteristic status ideally,' said Sayyari in a gathering of Navy commanders.

Defining specifics of an international force, he said: Today, being international means maintaining a permanent and continuous presence in free seas, while frequenting to the regional and trans-regional countries' ports shows political nature, since as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces says, the Navy can be as effective as the Foreign Ministry in expansion of foreign diplomacy.

'Presently the 33rd Fleet of the Iranian Navy, comprised of the Islamic Republic of Iran Naqdi Destroyer and the Islamic Republic of Iran Bandar Abbas Warship, which is also carrying the Imam Khomeini (P) Navy Science cadets is heading for the Southeast Asia. On way it will harbour at ports of several countries, as a political-diplomatic program,' he said.

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