President: Iran's Army Ready to Defend Country
TEHRAN (FNA)- President Hassan Rouhani lauded the Iranian Army for its preparedness to defend the country, and said that the Islamic Republic's Armed Forces are at the peak of their readiness to confront any possible threats.
The Iranian president made the remarks in a message read on the occasion of the Iranian Army Parade on Sunday.
"Governments need the nation to remain in power. But when a nation is dissatisfied with its government, the army has to opt for the nation or the government,” President Rouhani said.
The Iranian president recalled Iran's deposed shah who forced the military to secure survival of his monarchy, but Iran’s military chose to be on the side of the nation.
Rouhani said that Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has been recognized in Iran’s constitution as the commander-in-chief to keep military forces away from political fractions.
Army Day parade in the form of motorcade was held in Tehran on Sunday in the presence of Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.
The slogan of this year’s parade is ”Defenders of the Homeland, Companion of the Healthcare” and according to the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, the parade is in the form of a motorcade and army barracks across the country.
The messages by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani were read during the parade.
April 18th is named "Army Day" in Iran, and the parade is held to display part of the country's military power.
On Saturday, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the Army’s preparedness for different missions, calling on officials to further increase military power.
In a message to Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi on Saturday on the occasion of the Army Day in Iran (April 18), Ayatollah Khamenei lauded all Army personnel and their family members.
“Today, the army is on the scene and preparing for mission,” he stressed.
Addressing the Army commanders, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Continue to increase these preparations as much as needed and play a role.”
Also on Friday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) guarantee security and calm in the country, adding that the two forces are ready to give a decisive response to any threat.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army and the IRGC are the guarantors of sustainable security and calm in the Islamic country and they are ready to give a decisive response to any threat or ominous move of the enemies,” General Baqeri said in a statement to congratulate the Army Day.
He added that the dear Army supports the Iranian nation and its national interests and that it meets the country’s needs concerning non-military issues.
“April 18 is the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Day, so, I congratulate commanders and soldiers of the Army and their families,” the statement read.
The top commander stressed in the message that the Army’s loyalty and sacrifice in different arenas of defending the independence and territorial integrity of the country as well as its effort in confronting Armed opponents are inspiring for the staff.
“Undoubtedly, the powerful Armed Forces of the country, including the Army and the IRGC, strengthen its defensive and deterrent power in the face of the arrogant system and its Zionist ally and nullify the enemies’ plot to use military force against Iran,” he noted.