Commander says presence of big powers upsets regional security balance

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy commander urged countries with maritime borders to create reasonable naval forces to take advantage of their adjacent waters, but at the same time lashed out at the major world powers for dictating their own norms to other regions.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who is now in Indonesia to attend a symposium on international maritime security, criticized the major naval powers for eying the maritime interests in other parts of the globe, such as the Indian Ocean and west of the Pacific Ocean.

He said the big powers have for many years increased their naval presence in those areas under the pretext that they are pursuing strategic interests, while “they have imposed their desired order and security (norms) on the region.”

The Iranian commander also warned that the presence of foreign navies in a region does not necessarily fulfill interests of the countries in that region, and added that such acts of intervention have “disrupted the region’s security arrangements.”

Heading a high-ranking military delegation, Sayyari is a special guest at the international symposium, which was held in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta from December 9 to 11.

The Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) organized the event as part of efforts to develop its fleet into a world class force.

By Tasnim News Agency


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