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Iran’s military top brass express readiness to cooperate with President-elect Raeisi

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi (background) receives Iran’s senior military and security officials at his office in Tehran on June 22, 2021. (Photo by Tasnim News Agency)

The chiefs of Iran’s military and defense ministry as well as a number of other senior officials from the country’s defense sector have held a meeting with President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi, days after his election win.

The meeting took place at Raeisi’s Office in Tehran on Tuesday, with Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in attendance.

The duo were accompanied by other senior commanders from the country’s Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Law Enforcement Force.

The officials congratulated Raeisi on the occasion of the Judiciary chief’s victory in the country’s 13th presidential election on Friday.

They emphasized the Armed Forces’ readiness to assist the new administration to be formed by Raeisi, enhance the Islamic Republic’s capabilities in various areas, and contribute to further strengthening of the country.

Raeisi, for his part, expressed hope that through the deployment of the Islamic Republic’s entire capabilities, the country gets to witness more favorable circumstances.

The IRGC’s Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami was the first among Iran’s military officials to voice the elite force’s preparedness for cooperation with the president-elect.

Raeisi has already received other senior military and security figures too, who have similarly conveyed their felicitation and cooperation preparedness.

Iran has been engaged in an untiring push to reconcile the level of its defensive power with the gravity of the threats that are poised to it on the part of its enemies, most notably the United States and Washington’s regional and extra-regional allies.

Relying solely on indigenous knowhow and equipment, the Islamic Republic has developed its military power into a state-of-the-art and effective defensive machine in the service of the country.

Iran has given special priority to its missile technology and conducts regular exercises in order to hone the defense might and convey warning messages to its potential ill-wishers.

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