Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has responded to negative statements by the US government about the presence of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) at the Qatar military expo, saying that the country and the IRGC have every right to attend the event .
Saeed Khatibzadeh said Sunday Iran was officially taking part in an international military show and “such statements further discredit the authorities in Washington.”
On March 24, US State Department spokesman Ned Price warned of possible sanctions after Iranian military officials attended the Qatar International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference called DIMDEX 2022 and displayed some of the country’s military equipment.
Price said Washington was “deeply disappointed and concerned by the presence of Iranian military officials” as well as IRGC “officers” at the event.
The Islamic Republic, like any other country, has the right to promote or publicly display its defense capabilities, especially in friendly neighboring countries, the Iranian spokesman said.
“The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as a military pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran, plays a fundamental role in strengthening the country’s defense capabilities, and it is quite natural to be actively present in the exhibition of such achievements,” the foreign ministry spokesman said.
“What is of real concern,” Khatibzadeh said, “is the extensive “US military presence in the Persian Gulf, which has rendered that region completely insecure.”
“We have repeatedly emphasized that sustainable security in West Asia can only be achieved through its own people and through cooperation and partnership between them, and the presence of foreign forces poses an ongoing threat to regional security.”
The Iranian official urged Washington to abandon positions that create tension and stop making accusations against others if it is sincere in its allegations that the US favors strengthening stability in the region.
Iran had a large display of its planes, missiles and other military equipment at the Qatar expo.
Iranian military experts and technicians have made significant strides in manufacturing a wide range of indigenous equipment in recent years, making the armed forces self-sufficient in armaments.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to bolster its military capabilities, including its missile power, solely for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be the subject of negotiations.
Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has always called for efforts to maintain and strengthen Iran’s defense capabilities and hit back at enemies for questioning Iran’s missile program.