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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Iran says Brits won't let Iran join in pirate fight

Headline reads "Iran accuses UK of blocking anti-piracy cooperation":
Tehran criticizes British opposition to the Iranian Navy's collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in bringing security to international waters.

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called on secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos to "help resolve such obstacles and provide appropriate facilities" to the Iranian Navy.

"The security of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman should be spread to the Gulf of Aden," Mottaki said in a Monday meeting with Mitropoulos in Tehran, IRIBNews reported.

He also added that the Islamic Republic is ready to help establish security in international waterways.

The Iranian navy deployed its third naval mission to the Gulf of Aden earlier this month to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.
For some reason the UK may not appreciate Iran's efforts to "bring security to international waters - see this reminder about the Iranian capture of Royal Navy sailors a couple of years ago.

The Iranian statement reminds of a child complaining that someone "hit me back."

Think about the Iranian contributions over the years to the security of the the Persian Gulf and have a good laugh.

See here. And here.

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