Report: Syrian naval officials inspect Iranian vessels in Latakia
A delegation of Syrian naval commanders Monday examined the two Iranian warships which last week passed through the Suez Canal and docked in the Syrian port of Latakia, dpa reported according to Lebanese media.
The two Iranian warships docked in Latakia on February 23 after passing through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move which Israel dubbed a "provocation."
They are the first Iranian navy vessels to enter thesyria
Mediterranean Sea since the victory of the Islamic revolution in Tehran in 1979.
"The Syrian naval delegation toured the two vessels with Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who stressed that the ships are not performing military exercises, but are only making a routine and friendly visit," local radio reported.
Iran's ambassador to Damascus, Ahmad Mousavi, told the visiting Syrian delegation onboard the warships that Iran's message was that "the presence of the Iranian navy's warships in the Mediterranean Sea is no threat to any country."
The ambassador stressed on the good relations between Syria and Iran and said: "If Egypt and other Islamic countries stand by Iran and Syria, we will see the end of the United States' hegemony in the region."