Iran seeks closer naval ties with Syria

February 27, 2011 11:47


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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's navy chief says he is seeking closer naval ties with Syria.

Adm. Habibollah Sayyari met with Syria's defense minister and military chief Sunday, just days after Iran's first show of naval power in the Mediterranean in decades. Two Iranian warships reached Syria last week after passing through the Suez Canal in the first such trip since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran's military presence in the Mediterranean has raised alarm in Israel as political turmoil reshapes the region. Iran has close ties with Syria and the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

The official news agency IRNA say Sayyari and the Syrian military officials discussed the need for cooperation between the navies of the two countries, including training.

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