Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez

ISMAILIA, Egypt Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:08pm EST

Related Topics

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships have sailed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move likely to be keenly watched by Israel.

"Two Iranian ships crossed through the Suez Canal (on Thursday) following permission from the Egyptian armed forces," a source in the canal authority said Friday.

The destroyer and a supply ship could be on their way to the Syrian coast, the source added. Iran and Syria agreed to cooperate on naval training a year ago, and Tehran has no naval agreement with any other country in the region.

Two Iranian warships sailed along the strategic waterway on February 17 last year, in a move that Israel called a "provocation."

Syria and Iran are hostile to Israel.

Egypt's military, which has a close defense ties with the United States, has been governing the country since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak a year ago.

The Suez Canal cuts through Egypt and allows shipping to pass from the Middle East to Europe and vice versa, without going around southern Africa.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Andrew Roche)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (3)
avgprsn wrote:
To be totally honest and non biased, I was sceptical prior on Iran’s energy seeking and world stage acting.
There was a good chance they are pursuing nuclear weapons as well as nuclear energy, a two-fold endeavour that is only a half truth when proposed at the bargaining table.
Now, clearly without a shadow of a doubt, they are pursuing nuclear weaponry. For a country to be willing to slash half it’s currency value in half, alienate foreign relations for trade, there is a back bet.
With the public knowledge they have prior enriched fuel to 20%, well over the required small percentile needed, and now having just announced “more efficient” centrifuges, this all ties to a fast run at maximum enrichment and throwing all caution at the wind.
Why?
They are playing the strong hand that once the weapons are acquired, the sanctions will have to be lifted or they will keep the entire region on egg shells by renewed threats of “wiping Israel off the map”.
They also know that once they have the tools to make good on the threat, many extremist nations will find the voice to take their side with nuclear muscle.
This has been encouraged by Pakistan. That is no coincidence.
There is no sane reason for the 5th largest oil exporter in the world to seek alternate energy means to the extent of sacrificing the entire economy UNLESS there is a plan A that cares little until the ends justify the means.
The ends and the means are symbolized by every action of late, and the safe guarding of the new efficient centrifuges to make the mad dash to 90% within a mountain.

Ask one question, IF Iran only builds nuclear energy plants, what will they ask once they are completed? This pattern makes no sense.
The other pattern does.

Feb 17, 2012 8:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlphaQ4ways wrote:
@avgprsn: What exactly are you trying to say in your post? please clarify in plain queen’s english kindly, many thanks!

Feb 17, 2012 11:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
I’m sure Israel has some small fast wittle boats to shadow these Iranian war ships in the Med like Iranians do us.

Feb 19, 2012 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus