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Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi (file photo)

Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi (file photo)

A senior Iranian military official Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi says the Islamic Republic is the region’s unrivaled power thanks to its geopolitical situation. “Major [world] powers and regional ones have no other option but to deal with Iran if they want to have a share of regional interests,” Rahim-Safavi said on Tuesday. The senior military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei underlined the significance of the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which have been the focus of the world powers in the past 50 years. “The Persian Gulf region and the Strait of Hormuz are influential on economic, political, and cultural issues [of the world] and are very effective from various viewpoints in the world,” he stated. Rahim-Safavi further stressed the strategic situation of Iran in the region, noting that Islamic Republic will have the first say in the Persian Gulf for many years to come. MRS/SS
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