Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Iranophobia scenario adopted by extra-regional elements is ending in failure as Tehran’s role in creating stability in the Middle East has become evident.
In a Sunday interview with IRNA, Dehqan stressed that Iran’s military might poses no threat to other countries and regional states, adding, “Today, our neighboring countries also believe that a powerful Iran is the cause of stability and security in the region and it is the presence of ‘others’ that creates insecurity.”
“Foreign elements seek to provoke Iranophobia in an attempt to justify their presence in the region, but, today, this situation is failing,” the Iranian defense minister added.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iran has also held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Dehqan pointed to the foreign policy of the administration of President Hassan Rouhani and noted that Tehran has managed to replace the foreign-sponsored attitude of Iranophobia with the idea of interaction with Iran. Dehqan also reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s determination to continue this policy.
In its interactions with regional states, Iran also seeks to warn against the “inhumane and dangerous phenomenon of Takfiri terrorism” sponsored by certain countries, he pointed out.
The Iranian defense minister noted that the Takfiri terrorists are spreading their activities from Syria into Iraq.