[A footage of Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of Navy of Iran, talking about the role of Iran’s naval forces in the region.]
Rear Admiral Sayyari says: Continent of Asia isn’t considered as a major destination for immigration, due to development and existence of meaningful distances of its civilizational centers from southern underdeveloped centers. Because in some regions of strategic global shipping lines in the Indian Ocean, the sovereignty of coastal states over the borders and maritime regions are not sufficiently and meaningfully coherent, the threat of piracy is one of the most important challenges for developing countries and those who benefit in the international community.
Rear Admiral Sayyari continues: The naval forces of Army of Iran have provided sustainable security in the Gulf’s region, strategic Hormuz Strait, and Sea of Oman. Moreover, since 2009, in independent measures and in interaction with the global maritime community, these forces have taken measures to fight pirates by deploying 50 official flotillas to Aden Gulf region and the strategic Strait of Bab el-Mandab.
Rear Admiral Sayyari adds: It shows that, contrary to what Trump says, armed forces of Iran are the agent of globally sustainable and collective security in the region and are an integral part of it. In fact, it is the presence of foreign naval forces in the region that creates instability in the world’s strategic maritime regions through imposing undesirable security arrangements.