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Iran in frontline of promoting international peace, friendship: Navy chief

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)
The photo shows Iranian servicemen taking part in the sixth round of the Sea Cup military competition which started on August 25, 2021 in the northern Iranian port city of Bandar Anzali. (Photo by IRNA)

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani says the Islamic Republic stands at the forefront of the campaign to establish and promote international peace and friendship.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the sixth round of the international military competition codenamed “Sea Cup” in the northern Iranian port city of Bandar Anzali on Saturday, Irani added that the Iranian Army’s Navy attaches special importance to constant communication and dialogue among countries.

He noted that Iran does not look for a rank in the competitions it takes part in, but intends to test the capability of its armed forces at an international level.

"The most important goal of our Navy in the Sea Cup is [to promote] defense-maritime diplomacy," he said.

The commander emphasized that the Islamic Republic’s Navy can establish contact with any country that has access to water, adding that Iran seeks to “increase and strengthen friendship among countries."

"We are trying to maintain and promote such friendship as a model among the Caspian littoral states,” Irani said.

The sixth round of the “Sea Cup” kicked off in Bandar Anzali, on the Caspian Sea, on August 25, with about 400 servicemen from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Iran among participants.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the event was aimed at increasing the skills of naval forces and consisted of six stages, including surface shooting, aerial shooting, minefield shooting and buoyant control in the sea, and two stages of survival at sea and control of injuries on the seaside.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Moscow has deployed two vessels to Iran’s Bandar Anzali on the Caspian Sea to participate in the Sea Cup competition of the 2021 International Army Games.

The press service of Russia's Southern Military District said that the crews of the artillery ships Makhachkala and Astrakhan of the Caspian Flotilla had left their base in the Republic of Dagestan and were sailing to Bandar Anzali.


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