Iran looking to set up bases in Syria, Yemen
Hossein Bagher told navy commanders in Tehran that Iran must develop its military strategy in the region, and form a a fleet to be present in the Indian Ocean, similar to the one stationed in the Sea of Oman.
"Maybe, at some point we will need bases on the shores of Yemen and Syria," Bagher suggested.
"Having naval bases in remote distances is not less than nuclear power. It is ten times more important and creates deterrence," he added.
But setting up naval bases off the shores of Syria and Yemen needs "infrastructures there for it under the international maritime law".
Iran is a key backer of the Houthi rebels in Yemen and has soldiers fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad against rebels in Syria.