Iran Committed to Caspian Sea Peace: Navy Commander
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy commander voiced the country’s willingness to maintain friendly ties with the Caspian Sea littoral states.
“The (Caspian) Sea is the sea of peace and friendship, and efforts are made to convey the message of peace and friendship to other countries, the military discussions are not much cared for,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in a news conference in Tehran on Saturday, held ahead of the National Navy Day, which falls on November 28.
The commander, however, made it clear that a necessary degree of military preparedness is required to enable Iran to preserve its own water borders.
Back in September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had called on the Caspian Sea littoral states to make joint efforts for the well-being of the lake.
“The Caspian Sea should be the center of development and welfare, the symbol of peace and security and symbol of cooperation among our nations,” Rouhani said in a speech to the 4th summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states, held in Russia’s Astrakhan.
He had also announced that peace and security in the water body will materialize if the littoral countries avoid entering into an arms race and using armed forces in the lake.
The president insisted that only the five countries around the Caspian Sea should be entitled to maritime activities, rejecting the presence of armed forces from other foreign countries in the sea.