Foreign presence makes region insecure: Defense minister

Tehran, Karafarinane Eghtesad – Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani said that the presence of foreign forces in the region makes it insecure.

General Ashtiani made the remarks while inspecting maritime projects being implemented by the defense ministry, including construction of destroyers and surface and undersurface watercrafts, on Friday.

Brigadier General Ashtiani said that developing Iran’s power in all ground, aerial and maritime dimensions was of priority in the country's defense program.

Iran's defense ministry would equip maritime fleet of the armed forces in accordance with their needs and the threats in the region, he added.

"Our message to the world is the message of peace," he noted, adding that regional security and stability can be ensured by the states in the region and extra-regional presence is the reason behind insecurity.


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