Iran navy chief: Khamenei ordered Suez crossing (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Dudi Cohen Published: 02.18.12, 14:21)
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Admiral Sayari confirms two Iranian vessels crossed strategic
waterway, but did not say where they were heading. ´Flotilla
showcases holy regime´s might,´ he says
Iranian Navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari confirmed Saturday
that Iranian ships had crossed the Suez Canal and sailed into the
The commander did not say how many vessels had crossed the canal, or
what missions they were planning to carry out in the Mediterranean,
but he did say the flotilla had previously docked in the Saudi port
city of Jeddah.
Reuters quoted a source at the Suez Canal authority as saying the
vessels - the destroyer Shahid Qandi and its supply vessel Kharg -
might be en route to Syria.
"The flotilla conveys a message of peace and friendship to the
region´s nations and showcases the might of the Islamic Republic´s
holy regime," he was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying.
"The flotilla will prove to the world that despite the sanctions
enemies have been imposing on Iran over the past 33 years, our
scientific and military strength is increasing," he said.
According to Sayari, the vessels are carrying naval cadets. He said
it was Iran´s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who made what he
referred to as a strategic decision to cross the waterway.
"The flotilla crossed the Suez Canal for the second time since the
victory of Islamic Revolution (in 1979) under the orders of the
supreme leader," said the navy commander.
Two Iranian navy vessels entered the Mediterranean in February last
year. Israel called it a "provocation."
Iran and Syria agreed to cooperate on naval training a year ago, and
Tehran has no naval agreement with any other country in the region
Reuters contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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