1056 GMT April 22, 2019
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned Iran’s regional enemies of consequences of their actions in the Persian Gulf.
Baqeri made the remarks on Monday during a visit to the Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf.
He said some of the Persian Gulf states have invited the United States to incite sedition in the Persian Gulf.
Bageri said that Iran's regional enemies should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran has a strong military presence in the Persian Gulf, if necessary, and would defend its territorial integrity.
He also urged some of countries in the region do not rely on the United States, because after years of creating violence and chaos in Syria, it finally left the Arab country.
On Sunday, he said the US is only fueling insecurity in the Persian Gulf through its presence in the strategic region.
The top Iranian military chief said US President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria was of no significance for defensive and security missions in the region.
"The US exit from Syria was the humiliating withdrawal of a country that was present there without the consent and approval of the [Syrian] people and the legal government," Baqeri said.
Iran's military chief noted that the Americans have always sowed insecurity wherever they had a presence, adding, "Their retreat from Syria and other parts of the region will certainly lead to increased security and peace."
Baqeri emphasized that the Persian Gulf countries are capable of ensuring security on their own and the US presence in the region has no outcome except for creating insecurity.