Iranian admiral reveals what prompted Russia, China to join Iran for tripartite drills

Iranian admiral reveals what prompted Russia, China to join Iran for tripartite drills
# 29 December 2019 16:44 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Army Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari indirectly called out the US and its allies, saying the ongoing joint Iranian-Russian-Chinese drills demonstrate that there is no need for any “illegitimate” foreign ‘maritime security mission’ in the Persian Gulf region, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the commander argued that “some countries are trying to make the region insecure to justify their presence.”

“This exercise shows that there is no need for the illegitimate presence of foreigners in this region,” Sayyari said.

“Demonstrating Iran’s maritime authority in the northern Indian Ocean and presenting its experience to other nations is one of the goals of this exercise…as is the strengthening of international relations between Iran, Russia and China and the search for the path to future exercises,” Sayyari said.

The commander boasted that Iran’s Navy has been successfully transformed from a coastal navy to a strategic navy in recent years, with this fact being the reason why “powerful countries such as China and Russia are coming to our region’s waters to hold military drills.”

The commander revealed that the current tripartite drills would not be the last, and that the three countries would continue to engage in joint war games.

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