Spokesman: Iran to Use Right to Supply Friendly States’ Defensive Needs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that given the expiration of the arms embargoes against his country, Iran will be entitled to supply the friendly states’ defensive needs.
“Iran is a responsible government and is not (only) after selling weapons but it is after defensive cooperation and of course, given the removal of the arms restrictions on Iran, the country is entitled to meet other countries’ legitimate needs,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a video conference in Tehran on Monday.
“We are not under any restriction within the framework of the international rules and regulations to provide other countries’ defense needs and we do not compromise on this right and will use this right,” he added.
His comments came after Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart General Juma Anad Saadoun in Tehran on Saturday underlined his country’s preparedness to supply the Armed Forces in Iraq with needed weapons and military equipment.
“Thanks to its abundant capacities and infrastructures which are the fruits of the cruel sanctions era after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense ministry is ready to provide the Iraqi Armed Forces’ needs to strengthen Iraq’s defense power,” General Hatami said in the meeting.
“The Iranian and Iraqi leaders at the highest level enjoy the political will to deepen extensive relations,” he added.
General Hatami said that Iraq now enjoys better security compared with the past, adding, “We continue support for the political process and stability and security in Iraq and the brotherly neighboring state’s territorial integrity.”
He warned of plots hatched by the world powers, spearheaded by the US, to foment insecurity in the region, and said, “We believe that the regional states should themselves establish and manage security in the region, and attaining stability and peace will be impossible as long as the trans-regional forces are present and interfere in the region.”
General Hatami also said that the Iranian and Iraqi nations as well as the resistance front will never forget the blood of martyred anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were assassinated by the US in Iraq in January.
Saadoun, for his part, stressed Iraq’s willingness to use Iran’s valuable experiences in the defense field, appreciating the country for its assistance to Iraq in fighting against the ISIL and other terrorist groups by playing military advisory role and supplying weapons.
Earlier this month, Iranian Army Airborne Commander General Yousef Qorbani announced that the Iraqi Army has demanded Iran to sell and mount its indigenous night vision systems on the Arab country’s helicopters.
“The Iraqi airborne officials visited Iran recently and we also decided to pay a reciprocal visit and the Iraqi side was highly interested in purchasing (helicopter) parts from Iran and wanted the Iran-made night vision systems to be mounted on their helicopters,” General Qorbani said.
He noted that Iran is now able to produce 500 helicopter parts, adding that the first indigenously developed helicopter will be manufactured in the country soon.