Iran has plans to join with China and Russia in the coming weeks to hold their first war drills together, hoping to send a message of solidarity between the three countries to the rest of the world.
Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran’s navy, said on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the training together will begin during December.
“When we talk about joint war games, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic, and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with war games usually being the highest level of such cooperation,” Khanzadi was quoted as saying in remarks to Iran’s state-controlled press, reported FreeBeacon.
“A joint war game between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them,” added Khanzadi. “The joint war game between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations, with regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by non-shared I mean the respect we have for one another’s national interests,” said Khanzadi.
The Iranian navy commander also stressed the importance of sea drills, as in the past, the Islamic Republic has managed to harass U.S. military vessels and managed to disrupt international shipping lanes to Western nations.
“The war game seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of security at sea must include the interests of all concerned countries. We do not condone the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one specific country at a specific time and which disregards the security of others,” Khanzadi said. “Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting global commerce, cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.