TEHRAN (Dispatches) – The IRGC’s primary responsibility is to extend the foreign and defense depth of the Islamic Revolution, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said Sunday.
In an address to an academic meeting, the top military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution elaborated on the IRGC’s function in the "Second Phase of the Revolution”, a roadmap that Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei outlined in 2019 on the 40th anniversary of victory of the revolution.
Safavi said the IRGC’s main responsibility in the contemporary era is to help enhance the Islamic Revolution’s foreign and defense depth beyond cultural and social aspects.
It is necessary to prepare the "scientific and research ground for defense cooperation and non-aggression pacts with the friendly and neighboring states”, and for permanent membership at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the former IRGC chief explained.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an intergovernmental organization founded for multilateral, political, economic and security cooperation.
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India are its main members, and Iran, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Belarus are observers.
Safavi also reminded U.S. military forces that expulsion from the region is their ultimate fate.
"In cooperation with regional states and nations, we must evict the source of insecurity, massacre, and occupation in the past 20 years, namely the American military forces and allies, from the region.”