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Speaker: World believes Iran is a peaceful state

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Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the whole world has recognized the fact that Iran is a country which loves peace and helps create stability in the region.

The president of the Iranian parliament made the remarks on Friday while inspecting the two Iranian warships here in the Gulf of Aden. He said the brave and prideful presence of the Iranian Navy in the Aden Gulf and other regional waters to fight pirates and facilitate marine transport has brought stability to the region.

This, he believed, is a token of an overall policy persuaded by Iran to establish peace and security in the region. Larijani arrived here, the capital city of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, Friday 21 to participate in a ceremony to inaugurate the new building of the Djibouti Parliament.

The Iranian Navy’s 31st Naval Fleet which is dispatched to the Sea of Aden is comprised of the country’s first indigenously built Mowj Class multi-purpose guided missile destroyer (Jamaran), and the logistical-combat Bushehr helicopter-carrier warship. The Aden Gulf is a strategic waterway located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen and Somalia. It is connected to the Red Sea through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.

The Navy ships are commissioned to secure Iran’s trade interests and sea lines in the region from Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf to Bab el-Mandeb. They will protect Iranian vessels and those carrying Iran’s flag as well as the foreign ships asking for emergency assistance due to wreckage or pirate attacks.

Djibouti is bordered with Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east.

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