Habibollah Sayyari

Navy commander stresses necessity for tightening security in costal areas

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined the necessity for increasing security levels in Iran’s coastal areas, reminding the country’s huge revenues gained from exporting goods through its waters, specially in the South.

“We should pay attention to security in coastal areas to make sufficient use of these coasts,” Sayyari said in an interview with Iran’s state-run TV on Saturday night.

Noting that most of the country’s imports and exports are made from the Southern coasts, he said, “The most important waterways which link the world are in the Strait of Hormuz and over one third of the world’s trade (exchanges) is made in this area.”

Sayyari underscored that the reason for the world arrogant powers’ attention to this important region is their greed for dominance over it, and said Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has also emphasized on the establishment of security in the Persian Gulf region since the Islamic Republic is considered as the heart of the world.

In relevant remarks in November, Sayyari underlined Iran’s tight and full control over the regional waters, specially the Strait of Hormuz.

“Anyone who can establish security in the Strait of Hormuz, can close it in the shortest possible time but, we are not after closing the strait,” the Iranian navy commander said while stressing navy’s might and power to protect the Iranian waters against any possible aggression.

In mid-September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with Omani Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs Badr Bin Saud Bin Harib al-Busaidi in Tehran, underlined, “Iran always wants the Strait of Hormuz to be a strait of peace, friendship and brotherhood”.

Situated between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz is a passageway for 40% of the world’s oil production, including much of the crude extracted in Saudi Arabia.

By Fars News Agency


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