Aug 20, 2021 13:12 UTC
  • Iran parliamentary bloc thanks Leader for naming a Sunni Muslim Kurd as Navy chief

Iran’s Sunni parliamentary bloc has thanked the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for appointing Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, a Sunni Muslim Kurdish commander, as the new chief of the Iranian Navy.

According to Press TV, in a letter to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Sunni bloc expressed hopes that the country would employ more Sunnis and other religious minorities to top roles in the Shia Muslim-majority country.

They said the Leader’s decision untied the Gordian knot in the country’s managerial positions and was a green light to all those who intended to use competent Sunnis in all areas of the country’s high-ranking positions.

“While thanking Your Excellency again and wishing success and a life with dignity for you and all those who serve the Islamic system, we hope that the revolutionary administration [of  Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi] would also consider picking the competent and benefiting the country through the capability and expertise of competent Sunnis of Iran and all ethnicities, sects and religions at the highest levels of the administration by following in the footsteps of the great Leader of the Islamic Revolution and [His] wise approach,” the Sunni lawmakers added.

Irani, who is from the Iranian Kurdistan province’s capital city, Sanandaj, where a significant number of Sunnis live, was named the new chief of the Iranian Navy in a decree by Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday, replacing Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, who had held the position since 2017.

He said the appointment was made in view of the commander’s commitment to his duties and positive work experience and upon a proposal by the Army commander.

The Leader also called on Admiral Irani to do his utmost to promote the capabilities of the country’s naval forces.