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Signs of US decline ‘visible’, new world order will not be based on unipolar hegemony: Iran's top general

The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces says signs of the decline of the United States have for long been visible, adding that the emerging new world order will not be based on unipolar hegemony.

Major General Mohammad Baqeri, who is in Oman at the head of a high-ranking military delegation, made the remarks during a speech to a group of professors and commanders of the National Defense College in the capital Muscat on Monday.

Pointing to the formation of a new world order, Baqeri said, “Today, many pundits maintain that the world is moving towards the establishment of a new order. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the United States declared a unipolar order and tried hard to establish it, but failed.”

Stressing that one of the features of the new order is that it would be region-based, the top general said, “The hegemony arising from the unjust world system has become a pathological behavior for some powers … but the signs of the decline of the US power have been conspicuous for a long time, and we are sure that the new world order will not be based on unipolar hegemony.”

Elsewhere in his speech, Baqeri underlined that the principled policy of the Islamic Republic has always been based on the formation of regional security arrangements without the involvement of extra-regional powers.

The top commander lauded convergence among the nations of the region, and said that sooner or later regional nations will overcome made-up divisions and factors of divergence.

Touching upon the issue of “imported security”, Baqeri said the countries that rely on imported security will never be able to be assured of it since they do not know its aspects and qualities.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized [the importance of] regional cooperation,” Baqeri said, adding that the current Iranian administration has made the policy of neighborliness and a special attention to the East and Asia region as a priority of its foreign policy.

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran are not only proud of providing security for  the Iranian nation despite all the West enmities… but have also been pioneer in providing security for the region and neighbors, and have been active in the fight against terrorism in the region for over a decade,” he said.

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