Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed his country’s armed forces as the “guarantor” of regional security, during a low-profile parade on Saturday marking Army Day in the Islamic republic.
“Iran’s armed forces are the guarantor of security in the region,” Ahmadinejad in a televised speech during the parade, refraining from the confrontational tone that has marked previous Army Day addresses.
“Today the Iranian nation, with its religious armed forces, is ready to have a wide role in world management and to establish security based on justice across the world,” he added.
Local media had said that 140 fighter jets and other aircraft would stage an aerial display on today but the show was cancelled due to what the media said was bad weather and poor visibility.
In previous years, Iran, which has long been at odds with the international community over its disputed nuclear drive has used army day to display its military might including home-built missiles.