Iran ‘seeks better ties’ with Persian Gulf states

The Islamic Republic of Iran says a central plank of its foreign policy is to forge closer ties with the Persian Gulf littoral states.

“The consolidation and development of relations with Islamic and Arab countries, particularly the countries in the key and sensitive Persian Gulf region, is the priority of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Wednesday.

The approach adopted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s administration is to help boost stability and security in the region through cooperation with neighboring and regional countries, said the spokeswoman, adding that the country’s diplomatic apparatus is following the same policy in a serious manner.

“Iran is vigilantly and carefully monitoring certain efforts to sow discord, trigger skepticism and raise doubts among Islamic countries,” said Afkham, urging influential Muslim states to advance their common interests by keeping ill-wishers at bay.

She said Iran’s interests and those of the Islamic world and neighboring states are intertwined, so the most rational solution to regional problems is to boost “constructive interaction.”

She also said that Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan is due in Tehran on Thursday to hold talks with Iranian officials on bilateral ties as well as regional developments.

By Press TV


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