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Commander: Foreign Powers Funding Somalia Pirates to Undermine Iran’s Economy.

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi blasted certain foreign countries for helping and equipping Somalia piracy as a kind of terrorism formed in 2007 by proxy in a bid to undermine the Islamic Republic’s economy.

“There was a tremendous attempt at depicting the presence of piracy off the coast of Somalia as something natural, but the acts of piracy reveal certain coordinators and perpetrators behind this new phenomenon in the 21st century,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said on Sunday, addressing a ceremony held for the return of the 49th fleet after 67 days of voyage in High Seas.

He reiterated that certain powers are supplying Somalia pirates with intelligence and equipment, and funding them in a bid to undermine Iran’s economy.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, specially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

Ina relevant development on Sunday, the 49th fleet of warships of the Iranian Navy returned to Bandar Abbas in Southern Iran after completing 67 days of sea navigation in free waters.

Iranian Navy’s 49th flotilla of warships, comprising of Sabalan destroyer and Bandar Abbas logistic-combat warship, was welcomed by Rear Admiral Khanzadi in a ceremony in Bandar Abbas.

The 49th flotilla of the Navy returned to the country after 67 days of sailing and fulfilling missions and participating in relief and rescue operations which was held in Bangladesh in the presence of 33 countries of world.

The Iranian Navy’s flotilla participated in Search and Rescue (SAR) naval drills participated by warships from 32 other countries comprising 23 member-states and nine observer members in Bangladesh.

The Iranian squadron sailed more than 3,800 nautical miles to reach the South Asian country.

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