TEHRAN, Dec 3_Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says security of the Middle East can be only guaranteed through the establishment of regional collations free from any form of foreign interference.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_"Only those coalitions, which are free from influence and interference of foreigners, can solve problems, restore security [to the region] and last [for a long time]," Shamkhani said in a meeting with the visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in Tehran on Monday.
The Iranian official's remarks were clear reference to the failure of the United States in forming a so-called coalition comprising regional and extra-regional states to allegedly protect security of shipping in the Persian Gulf.
On November 7, the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), a US-led military coalition in the Persian Gulf, officially launched its operations supposedly seeking to protect shipping lanes near Iranian territorial waters.
The US Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain announced that the IMSC, formerly known as Operational Sentinel, had opened its command center in the country.