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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 Mediterranean Sea.

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 02/18/12)

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