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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a sarcastic message questioned the US Navy’s presence in the Persian Gulf, 7,500 miles away from the US territory.
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said 20,000 of his forces have been stationed in the Makran region located in southeast of the country, along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Iran and Saudi Arabia were confirmed as participants in the “Aman 2017” naval drills held in Pakistani waters on Friday.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance with the merit of the Islamic Establishment.
Iran’s Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi praised the Navy’s capabilities, saying two homegrown watercraft are ready for naval missions in places as far as the Atlantic Ocean.
Iran’s Navy chief says its forces have escorted 3,844 commercial ships to ensure their safe passage in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates are active.
A Russian Navy’s vessel, dubbed Yantar, utilized for oceanography and research projects, docked at Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas, by the Persian Gulf, on Friday.
The 44th Fleet of the Iranian Navy moored at Dar es Salaam port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast on Saturday morning.