The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander said that his organization should press on with its leading role in economic front to steer the country through western sanctions and foreign pressure, the local English language Tehran Times daily reported on Monday.
Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari made the remarks on Sunday during the induction ceremony for Abolqasem Mozafari-Shams, the new commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, the Revolutionary Guard’s construction contractor.
Mr. Mozafari-Shams has been selected as the new commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, after his predecessor Rostam Qasemi was recently appointed as the oil minister.
Jafari said that defending the country against military threats is not the IRGC’s only duty, but it is also obligated to counter economic and cultural threats. With it’s increasing involvement not only in defense and security issues, but also in Islamic ideology, economy and transportation, the IRGC seems to become a state within the state.
In his remarks, General Jafari he praised the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base for cushioning the impact of western sanctions and foreign pressure through helping the government to push ahead with its construction plans, saying that all officials have admitted that the country would have faced serious problems if the IRGC’s construction arm had not played its key role.
Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base is the IRGC’s major engineering arm and one of Iran’s largest contractors in industrial and development projects. Khatam al-Anbia was created during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war to help rebuild the country, and has diversified over the years into companies dealing with mechanical engineering, energy, mining and defense.
(Sources: Mehr Agency; 9 August 2011)