Iran ready for naval cooperation with regional states: Top army Commander
Senior Iranian naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country is ready for naval cooperation with regional states, ISNA reported.
Sayyari referred to Iranian navy relations with regional and cross-regional states beyond coastal waters of the Islamic Republic of Iran and said, "we can have maximum cooperation with regional states to establish security in the region."
"We have always reiterated that there is no need to presence of foreigners to establish security and their presence has even created unrest as we see in case of Iraq and Afghanistan," he told ISNA at national press and news agencies festival.
Sayyari then referred to Iranian army forces' presence in high seas along with forces of other sides and said, "off course, our forces are deployed in the Gulf of Aden and we are in contact with other countries there, but we are conducting our duty independently."
Iran has sent 21 flotillas to the Gulf of Aden since March 2008 and is to start dispatch of another group of flotillas in next months, he added.