‘Development’ key to security of southeast province

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (MNA) – Former IRGC commander and current adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution has said in southeast, security is directly associated with economic and social developments.

Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi who was visiting IRGC Ground Forces Quds Headquarters in the southeast, addressed the commanders and staff, and hailed their role as contributing to security of the province especially in border regions; “Quds Headquarters have been central to the region’s security where our unassuming soldiers unswervingly served the nation; crucial to these attempts is the command line,” he said in his address. “Hegemonic powers from beyond the region along with some Arab countries have been working to incite conflict in borders; however, they have largely failed in their attempts since IRGC intelligence have had the upper hand in thwarting networking and spying in the southeast.”

Rahim Safavi admitted that in the past, Sistan and Baluchistan had been subject to systematic neglect and therefore had been underdeveloped; “the government should work to provide the province with a modicum of hope by efforts focusing on addressing province’s key problems in unemployment, general development, promoting trade and infrastructures in Makran coasts, and through other measures, to instill in the locals that the system recognizes their marginal status in the country’s general advancement,” he emphasized.

“Social and economic issues are directly associated with security and stability in the province. Despite the security in the province, development in all fields still lags behind and this entails much effort in the region to improve the situation; an invaluable service has been by IRGC which has embarked on projects aimed at developing the province; the capacity for attracting tourism should also be an issue in economic grounds,” Rahim Safavi concluded.

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