TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday issued a message ahead of the National Army Day, calling on the military to strengthen its preparedness as much as needed.
The message was addressed to Chief Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.
"Send my greetings to all the dear Army personnel and their honorable families. Today, the Army is present on the scene and stands ready to carry out its mission. Keep increasing the readiness as much as needed and play a role [in this regard],” the message read.
The National Army Day was included in the Iranian calendar after a historic letter from the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in 1979, in which he voiced his strong support for the Army and ordered its troops to hold nationwide parades on April 18 every year.
Chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hussein Salami hailed the unbreakable unity between his forces and the Army as a factor that ensures Iran’s security and foils the hostile plots and threats.
In a message to General Mousavi, the IRGC chief said by joining hands and exercising wisdom and vigilance, the IRGC and the Army work as the Iranian nation’s "iron fist” in the face of enemies.
The IRGC chief also stressed that the Iranian military forces will never allow the enemies to upset the country’s security and calm.