February 21, 2012
Two Iranian naval ships returned from Syria through the Suez Canal on Tuesday, a Suez Canal source said.
The ships entered the canal from the Mediterranean Sea early in the morning, heading south towards the Red Sea, and were expected to leave the canal on Tuesday afternoon, the source said.
Hague: Iran halting oil sales will have ‘no impact”Iran takes conciliatory tone on EU relations’The ships had docked at the Syrian port of Tartous, in a show of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, a regional ally of Iran.
The ships were said to be providing training for Syrian naval forces.
Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Vahidi on Tuesday claimed that by passing through the Suez Canal twice in one year, the Iranian navy was demonstrating the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Tehran.