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EghtesadOnline: The Islamic Republic of Iran ranks among independent and powerful countries in the world, Iran's defense minister says.

'Iran plays a decisive role in regional equations,' Brigadier General  said on Saturday in a meeting of the provincial administrative council in Iran's southwestern provincial capital city of Shahr-e Kord. 

'Today the world is counting on Iran and the Islamic Republic is capable of affecting regional equations,' IRNA quoted General Dehghan as saying.

He said that this tends to establish a big asset for the country and the Iranian people.

'Iran in the region is the most stable, powerful and secure country and compared to its neighbors the Islamic Republic has the best economic situation,' he said.

The Iranian defense minister also said the Islamic Republic is the only country that could claim it is seriously fighting terrorism, extremism and violence.

'By relying on its power and supremacy, the Islamic Republic of Iran can assert their stance on the global scene.'

Hossein Dehghan