Israeli footprints in Persian Gulf only fuel uncertainty: IRGC Commander


Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, speaks during an interview with ISNA news agency September 19, 2020.

Tehran The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) naval forces says any Israeli regime presence in the Persian Gulf region will only fuel insecurity, claiming that regional countries are able to maintain security.

“We believe that the establishment of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf region will do nothing but sow turmoil and create insecurity,” Brigadier General Alireza Tangsiri said in a meeting with Oman Navy Commander Rear Admiral Saif on Friday bin Nasser Bin Mohsin Al-Rahbi.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the presence of foreign military forces does not promote regional security but rather fuels insecurity, he said.

The comments come days after sources familiar with the matter revealed that the US and Israel are trying to lay the groundwork for a so-called security alliance with some regional Arab states to counter the so-called Iranian threat.

Discussions on the plan are still at an early stage and have already met opposition from several Arab countries who refuse to do business with Israel, four sources quoted by Reuters on Thursday.

Iranian officials have repeatedly described Israel’s destabilizing activities as the main source of insecurity in the region and warned regional countries of the dangers of allowing Tel Aviv to gain a foothold in the region.

“We believe that the countries of the Persian Gulf region have the necessary capacities and capabilities to maintain the security of this sensitive region,” the Iranian commander added.

Noting Iran’s strong support for all oppressed nations around the world, especially the Palestinians, he called the Zionist regime “the number one enemy of Muslims.”

The regime was built on the basis of repression and aggression and has spared no repression to ensure its existence, he said, noting that the regime will perish just as all forms of repression share the same fate.

For his part, the Omani commander said that foreigners only consider their own interests when present in the region.

The security of the region, he claimed, is primarily ensured by the regional countries

Many countries covet the region’s great wealth, he said, adding that expanding ties in line with strengthening regional security and stability will limit foreigners’ intentions.

Tehran has repeatedly made it clear that its own military capabilities remain defensive and deterrent in nature, and designed to deter foreign invaders from destabilizing the region.

It has also urged the Persian Gulf states to stop relying on foreign powers for their security and that regional security can only be achieved by neighboring states.

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