Source: Defa Press
A military delegation from Italy – composed by five people – is visiting Iran. The delegation will remain in Iran until September 7. The goal of the visit is to strengthen the military relations between Rome and Tehran. Today, the Iranian press reported that, during the meeting with Iran’s Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Italian Rear-Admiral Roberto Chia Marcella has invited the Iranian ships to dock in the Italian territorial water. The Italian military official also added that “in the future, we will witness Italian vessels berthing at Iran southern harbors“.
This news is very important for different reasons. The main important one is that Italy is a Nato’s country and a key ally of United States in the Mediterranean Sea. Commenting the meeting with his Italian counterpart, Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined that “Italy enjoys around 8,000 kilometers (4970 miles) of maritime border and the Mediterranean is [also] strategically very significant given the fact that it connects the important Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar“. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has always said that Iran “sees Italy as gateway to interact with Europe”.
The Italian delegation visited also the Imam Khomeini Naval University of Noshahr. We close remembering that, only in January 2016, Iranian Navy Commander Avoids Sitting beside US Counterpart in Bangladesh Conference (Fars News).