Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman to build combined naval force under China aegis

According to a Qatari website, China will facilitate the formation of a joint naval force between Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman with the aim of boosting maritime security in the Persian Gulf.

Iran (IMNA) - Al-Jadid reported the story on Friday, claiming that China has already started mediating talks between Tehran, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi aimed at enhancing the security of marine navigation in the vital body of water.

Beijing successfully mediated negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh in March, which resulted in the signing of an agreement allowing the restoration of diplomatic connections between the Persian Gulf littoral states.

Observers claim that the Persian Gulf governments' agreement for Beijing to mediate such sensitive issues shows China's expanding influence in the area rather than Washington's declining clout.

Since Iran's Islamic Revolution took power in 1979, Iran has always resisted foreign intervention and presence in the area, arguing that only regional parties can resolve regional problems.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy commander strongly rejected the US military presence in the Persian Gulf under the guise of securing the maritime region last Friday, which was the most recent incident of disagreement.

There was no need for the US or other nations to be present in this body of water, according to Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, who said that only Iran and other regional nations could guarantee the security of the Persian Gulf. He declared, "If we yield to the enemy, it will unquestionably dominate us, and we have no alternative but to stand and resist, which is the road to our country's success.

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