FNA- Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced the country’s plans to dispatch flotillas of warships to Italy, Spain and Algeria.
“The Italian fleets of warships have made several visits to Bandar Abbas (a Southern port city in Iran) so far and we have friendly relations with the Italian Navy now and we will certainly visit their ports too in the near future,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi told FNA on Wednesday.
He noted that Iran will need to pass through the Gibraltar to reach the Atlantic Ocean, and said, “Spain is also located in the Gibraltar region and is a country with a friendly approach towards Iran and we are interested in contacting them.”
Rear Admiral Khanzadi also underlined Iran’s plans to send a fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean and South America.
In relevant remarks last Saturday, Khanzadi announced that his country is serious about sending its fleet of warships to Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico despite the US opposition.
“We are not faced with any restriction for deploying in the seas, and anywhere we feel that we have interests to develop ties… we will certainly deploy there and we enjoy this power too,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.
“We will berth in the friendly states in Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico in the near future by deployment in the Atlantic Ocean,” he added.
“The Americans had somewhere said that the Iranians cannot sail 9,000 miles from Bandar Abbas to the Gulf of Mexico, given their capabilities, but we will certainly prove them this capability and will contact our friends (in Latin America),” Rear Admiral Khanzadi underlined.