Iran to Maintain Deployment in High Seas

Typically bullish words from Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Commander: Iran to Maintain Deployment in High Seas Forever

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Iran’s plans to maintain its naval presence in the international waters, specially the Gulf of Aden and North of the Indian Ocean.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy has deployed in the North of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden and this presence will continue forever,” Sayyari said in a meeting with Commander of Oman’s National Defense College (NDC) Major General Salim bin Musallam Qatan in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also underlined the necessity for the further development of naval cooperation between Tehran and Masqat.

Qatan, for his part, called for the further expansion of relations between Iran and Oman, and said, “The two countries’ navies have good cooperation in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking.”

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

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