TEHRAN - The commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, has said that open seas belong to all nations in the world and all countries have equal rights to benefit from them.
Sayyari made the remarks during a ceremony held on Sunday, five days after National Navy Day. A number of foreign military attaches based in Tehran attended the ceremony.
He also said that 36 countries in the region that have strategic interests in the Indian Ocean do not want extra-regional countries, which are seeking to advance their illegitimate interests, to take the security of the ocean in their hands.
Regional countries can maintain the security of the ocean through cooperation with each other, he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sayyari said that the Iranian Navy has the message of peace and amity for all the countries in the region.
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