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Muslim states no place for foreign forces, IRGC chief warns

IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks at the start of naval drills in Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf on August 2, 2023. (Photo by Fars news agency)

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that no foreigners will be allowed to have a presence in Muslim countries and decide their fate.

Speaking on Wednesday at the beginning of the IRGC Navy’s drills in Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf, Major General Hossein Salami emphasized that Muslims are capable enough to safeguard their territories as they are loyal to the common values of their religion.

“The Islamic countries are not the land where foreigners from outside the region can have a presence and rule,” he said.

“Islamic nations and governments in this region are able to ensure the security of all their areas through Muslim fraternal arrangements, and there is no need for the presence of foreigners.”

Salami further noted that Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution conveyed a message that says “no foreigner will have the permission to be present [in the lands of Muslims] and decide their fate.”

The Islamic establishment in Iran has always sought stability, security and peace across the Muslim world, while the enemies want to fuel divisions, internal battles and bloody wars among Muslims, he added.

‘Iran backs oppressed Muslims, including Palestinians’

Also in his remarks, the IRGC chief reiterated Iran’s support for the oppressed Muslims in every corner of the world, including the Palestinians, in the face of attacks by foreigners.

“If a thorn hurts a Palestinian child’s foot or if a Palestinian house is looted or destroyed by the criminal Zionists, our hearts ache and we are ready to support the oppressed,” he asserted.

“If foreigners attack Islamic countries …, we will support the beloved Muslim nations. We have bitter experience of foreign intervention in the region.”

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