Iran vows no submission as navy chiefs meet in Tehran
Iran’s top military official tells navy chiefs from the Indian Ocean’s littoral states that the US has spawned crisis across a large expanse of Western Asia by acting as a patron to the Takfiri terror group of Daesh.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks at the 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium in Tehran on Monday. The event has drawn 35 high-ranking military delegations from around the world.
“By supporting Daesh, the United States has beset a large part of Western Asia with crisis, and paved the way for displacement and bloodshed,” he said.
The remarks echoed those by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who denounced Washington last December for “covertly assisting Daesh and the Takfiris.”
A month later, Ayatollah Khamenei remarked that the United States had been relocating the terror group from the Middle East to Afghanistan to try to justify its military presence in the region.
Ayatollah Khamenei slams the US as one of the world’s “most corrupt” governments, saying Washington continues supporting Daesh, other Takfiri terrorists and authoritarian regimes in the region.
Baqeri said, “The US and some powers fan disorder across the world by dispatching military units to various regions and using the language of force.”
He described the recent coordinated attack by the US, the UK, and France against Syria’s capital Damascus and the western Syrian city of Homs as a clear example of “illegal behavior.”
The military chief, meanwhile, said some superpowers’ naval presence in the Indian Ocean and their interference in the waters had triggered insecurity, with the ongoing massive bombardment of Yemen serving as a case in point.
The US and the UK, which have warships anchored off Yemen, have been supporting Saudi Arabia’s pummeling of the impoverished nation by lending the kingdom generous arms support, logistical assistance, including coordinates for precision bombing, and aerial refueling of Saudi warplanes.
“They [the powers] pave the ground for war by sending arms to various regional countries, including Saudi Arabia,” Baqeri said.
The general also said the security situation of the Indian Ocean is directly linked to the security of other regions in the world.
He said Iran, as a country pioneering in the fight on terrorism, is prepared to offer its relevant experience to other countries.
Baqeri noted that as many as 51 Iranian naval groups have been sent to international waters to fight piracy.
Iran, he said, has extended its hand of brotherhood to its neighbors by relying solely on its own capabilities, adding the Islamic Republic will never bow to the US and its allies.
“No doubt, the traditional bipolar system in the world has fallen apart and new powers have reared their heads in the West and the East.
“Of course, some powers and regional players cannot brook the new realities of the world and unfortunately, no region in the world is immune from harms,” Baqeri said.