Military chief calls on IRGC to preserve high status

April 21, 2020 - 19:9

TEHRAN — Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri has hailed the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for playing a great role in safeguarding the Islamic Republic in all fronts.

In a message to IRGC Chief Major General Hossein Salami on Tuesday on the anniversary of the IRGC establishment 41 years ago, General Bagheri called on the Guards to preserve the high status of its readiness in the face of major events.

“I would like to congratulate all the commanders and staff of the Guards and its affiliated organizations on this glorious occasion,” he said.

“I hope with God's grace, and under the wise guidance of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, you continue to increase your capacities and keep your readiness to face major events,” the military chief stated.

General hails IRGC as pillar of national power

The commander of the Civil Defense Organization also described the IRGC as one of the pillars of the country’s national power, saying such power has not been gained easily, therefore it must be defended wholeheartedly.

In his message, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali said the IRGC has taken great steps in a path filled with obstacles.

The shortcomings should not be an excuse for attacking and undermining the IRGC because “undermining the Guards is undermining national power,” he said, according to Fars.

The IRGC was established on April 21, 1979, months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, with the order of Imam Khomeini in order to protect the principles, values and ideals of the Revolution.

Last year on this day, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as the commander in chief, promoted Hossein Salami to the rank of major general and named him the commander of the IRGC.

Salami replaced Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari who held the post since September 2007.

It came two weeks after the IRGC was blacklisted by the U.S. as a “foreign terrorist organization”.

In retaliation, the Iranian Supreme National Security Council named the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) a terrorist organization.

MH/PA

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