Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan highlighted the interdependence of security and development, saying that they are two sides of the same coin.
“Security and development are two sides of the same coin. If there is poverty and inefficiency in a society, it will move towards internal crisis and frustration,” Dehqan said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.
Therefore, he added, development is a support for security in many ways, and security also paves the ground for development.
He further called on Persian Gulf Arab states to “give up the illusion” that they can ensure their security by purchasing weapons from western states.
“If today Persian Gulf littoral states want to buy security and spend lots of money to purchase equipment, they should know that this will not bring them security and it is even against their security,” Dehqan said, Financial Tribune reported.
He advised Persian Gulf countries’ rulers to think of the day when the foreigners do not supply arms and equipment to them.