TEHERAN – Iran’s highest security official on Saturday reiterated the Islamic Republic’s â€œbenevolentâ€ relationship with its neighbors and urged it to remain vigilant in the face of â€œfruitless foreign influencesâ€ and to resolve problems through cooperation.
“Mighty Iran has always been benevolent to its neighbors and never posed a threat to them,” wrote Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), on his Twitter account.
He added that regional countries can solve problems through collective cooperation.
“Any foreign influence is futile, so we urge neighbors to be vigilant in this regard and stay away from them,” Shamkhani tweeted, according to Press TV.
Iran is conducting military exercises in the northwestern border area of â€‹â€‹the country criticized by Azerbaijan. The military exercises began on Friday.
President Ilham Aliev said he was “very surprised” by Iran’s decision to hold exercises near his country’s borders and questioned the timing of the maneuvers.
Aliev had also accused Iran of “illegally” sending trucks to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controversial between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The Iranian armed forces regularly conduct military maneuvers to increase their readiness and military capabilities. The exercises serve as a warning to the enemy against any aggression against the Islamic Republic.
Tehran is suspicious of Azerbaijan’s ties to the Israeli regime, whose supplies of drones and other weapons helped Baku gain the upper hand in the war with Armenia last year. The war began on September 27, 2020 and ended on November 10. The Republic of Azerbaijan was the initiator of the war.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Thursday that Tehran would not tolerate Israel’s presence near the country’s borders and would take appropriate measures against the regime’s activities.
The Iranian Foreign Minister stressed that countries have the right to hold military exercises on their territory in order to safeguard their national sovereignty, saying: “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not condone the presence and activities of the Zionist regime against its national security and will not seize You take all necessary measures in this regard. “
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) first flew over the zone, carried out surveillance and transmitted aerial images of the area to the command center before the 25 attack.
Army artillery units then fired a series of rounds at specific targets, and then armored units carried out attack units.
Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that foreign interference in the region is a “source of discord” and urged regional states to follow Iran’s example in terms of power and rationality.
“Foreign interference in the region is a source of discord and harm. All problems and incidents must be resolved without foreign interference, and the countries of the region should follow the example of Iran and the Islamic Republic’s armed forces for power and rationality.” â€œSaid the leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “The events that are taking place in some neighboring countries in northwestern Iran should be resolved with the same logic that no permission is given for the presence of foreigners.”
The guide continued, “Everyone should know that whoever digs a pit for his brothers will fall in first.”
Brigadier General Kiomars Heydari, Commander of the Army Ground Force, said on Saturday: â€œOur armed forces’ exercises in this region and other regions are based on detailed planning with the aim of testing weapons and equipment and the combat readiness of the armed forces in all parts of the borders of Iran. The timing of the exercises, the location of the exercises and the size of the troops are determined by the armed forces, â€he said.
Heydari added that in this northern region there is an “uncharged and disruptive element of security” that has come from elsewhere and that is the “illegitimate Zionist regime”.
â€œSince this regime came (to this region), our sensitivity to this border area has increased; their activities here are completely under our control, â€emphasized the commander.
He added that, apart from these problems, the withdrawal of terrorist forces that have entered the region from Syria has not yet been proven to Iran.
“Iran is sensitive in this regard,” he claimed.
General Heydari went on to say that Iran is completely “sensitive” to changes in the official borders of countries in the South Caucasus and considers this to be completely “unacceptable”.