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IRGC Navy commander: Cooperation with Israel threatens, disrupts Persian Gulf security

A ballistic missile is fired during the final stage of large-scale missile drills by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in the general area of the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz on July 28, 2020. (File photo by Tasnim news agency)

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy says any cooperation with the Israeli regime poses a threat to and disrupts security in the Persian Gulf region.

Addressing a meeting with IRGC commanders and officials on Friday, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri underscored the importance of security in Iran and the neighboring countries, warning against allowing Israel and its Western allies to gain a foothold in the region.

"We warn any country that prepares the ground for intervention and presence of arrogant powers in the region and gives them a base, space and soil to form a military coalition against regional nations that firstly, they will pay the heaviest price for their unfriendly and provocative behavior and secondly, the stable and secure situation of the region will pay a price for that," the IRGC commander stated.

He added that Iran has cordial relations with the neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region based on the principle of Islamic unity and noted that the Islamic Republic aims to improve sustainable security among all the countries in the region.

Tangsiri said the presence of the "child-killing Zionist regime" anywhere has always brought nothing but sedition, theft, and aggression.  

He added that protecting the Iranian nation's dignity and the country's territorial integrity and independence is the red line of the IRGC Navy, emphasizing, "We are very sensitive to any enemy's threat and sedition and we do not hesitate for a moment to respond decisively [to the enemies] in a way that will make them regretful."

Tangsiri hailed the high combat capabilities of the IRGC naval forces, saying they are ready to carry out any mission aimed at safeguarding and protecting Iran's interests and nations.

The senior IRGC commander's remarks come while Turkey and Israel on Wednesday announced that they had decided to fully restore diplomatic ties and reappoint ambassadors, marking the culmination of hectic efforts by the two sides to repair bilateral ties following years of tensions.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at a press conference that the move would mark what he called “a milestone” in efforts to normalize ties between his country and the Israeli regime.

The Islamic Republic has always urged Persian Gulf states to quit relying on foreign powers for their security and that regional security can only be achieved by neighboring states.

Tangsiri warned in July that any presence of the Israeli regime in the Persian Gulf region will only fuel insecurity, asserting that regional countries are able to maintain security.

"We believe that the Zionist regime gaining a foothold in the Persian Gulf region will have no result other than sowing sedition and creating insecurity," he said.

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