1238 GMT May 07, 2021
"When all the regional states' cargo ships or oil tankers sail through the Gulf of Aden and their security is endangered, every country then bears the responsibility to provide security for their voyage," Sayyari said in an interview with Iran-based Arabic-language Al-Alam news channel on Monday, Fars News Agency reported.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy is also present in that region mightily and our 37th Fleet of warships is now in the Gulf of Aden and provides security to the country's ships," he added.
Sayyari also referred to the huge financial resources spent by the Persian Gulf Arab states to purchase weapons from the US and Europe, and said "such arms purchases are never a source of might and power".
"No one becomes powerful this way."
Stressing that power is acquired through reliance on internal capabilities and domestically-built weapons and equipment, he said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only state [in the region] which enjoys such capability to produce all military equipment inside the country."
The navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.