Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said he is proud to see that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has grown into a major regional power, Iranian Fars news agency reported on Jan. 15.
"The IRGC could make progress during the war (i.e. the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war) and become the great power of the region," the president said, addressing a meeting with war veterans in the south western Khuzestan province on Jan. 15 evening.
The president said the IRGC was not equipped with good military tools, weapons, systems and structures when it was born at the beginning of the war, but it has now grown into such a great power that it has become a source of honour and pride.
"We are proud of the IRGC, the army, the Law Enforcement (police), tribal forces and above all the heroic and brave Basiji (volunteer) forces," stressed the president.
He reminded that Iran and the IRGC made all their progress alone and through the efforts of its dedicated youth, saying that Iran was alone and no one helped it during the war.
Elsewhere, the Iranian president underlined the country's peace-loving nature, and said Tehran has never sought to attack any other world state.
"Iran and the Iranian nation are peace-loving and we never attacked any country and don't seek to make aggression against any state," Rouhani said, addressing the Iranian Armed Forces in the Khuzestan province earlier on Jan. 15.
President Rouhani underlined that Iran's foreign policy is based on creating peace in the world, and added, "We need capable, well-trained and powerful armed forces to establish peace."
Iranian officials have on many occasions underlined the peaceful nature of Iranians and their important role in the establishment of a just and fair order in the world.