Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has brushed off threats posed by enemies against the country, saying the Islamic Revolution will strongly continue its path.
“Threats by enemies have no impact on Iran because the Islamic Revolution is a great revolution and will continue its path with strength,” IRNA quoted Sayyari as speaking to reporters at the end of his visit to Syria on Monday.
He made the remarks after two Iranian ships, Khark and Alvand, docked at a Syria port following their passage through the Suez Canal, a strategic international shipping route in Egypt, for the first time since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.
The 1,500-ton patrol frigate Alvand is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, while the larger 33,000-ton supply vessel Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters.
“Our move was in accordance with international norms. The travel of Iran’s fleet to Syria’s Lattakia Port had nothing to do with the ongoing developments in the region,” the top Iranian commander said.
“Enemies’ threats have no impact on relations between the Islamic Republic and Syria,” he emphasized.
Sayyari noted that in their travel to Syria, the two Iranian warships were carrying the message of peace, friendship and amicable relations.
On February 22, Khark and Alvand crossed the Suez Canal after Cairo had “agreed to allow the two Iranian warships to transit the Suez Canal.”
Israel, however, has placed its Navy on alert, branding the naval movement as a cause for ‘concern’ and an act of provocation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concerns over the passage of the two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean.
“Israel views with gravity this Iranian initiative and other developments that reinforce what we have said in past years about Israel’s security needs,” he claimed in a statement released by his office.
“Today we are witnessing the instability of the region in which we live and in which Iran is trying to profit by extending its influence by dispatching two warships to cross the Suez Canal,” added the Israeli premier.
The United States — the most influential NATO member — has also announced that it will be “watching carefully to see where these ships go and the implications of that.”