Iran has upper hand in global developments: Khamenei

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TEHRAN – Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says Iran has got the upper hand in regional and global developments.

“A [simple] look at the [present] circumstances of the region and the world obviously indicates the upper hand of the Islamic Republic in these developments,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Iranian Navy’s senior commanders on Tuesday, which marks Iran’s Navy Day. 

“By comparing the Western [governments’] Middle East policy and the Islamic Republic’s Middle East policy, it can be clearly observed that the regional policy of the Islamic Republic has gotten close to its objectives,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also underscored the long-term goals of the Islamic Republic and repeated achievements of the Islamic establishment. 

The Leader went on to note that Iran’s achievements explain why the Islamic Republic is facing so much negative hype. 

Ayatollah Khamenei described the coastal areas of the Sea of Oman and the adjacent Makran region as “great national wealth” for Iran. 

“…This vast and important region can create myriad capacities for the Islamic Republic.”

Iran’s Navy has been multiplying its naval presence in the international waters since last year, deploying vessels to the Indian Ocean and dispatching, in February 2011, two ships via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. 

Besides, in line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

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