Disputes over Iran shakes [P]GCC foundation: MP

The [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council met for the 34th summit in Kuwait City on December 10, 2013.

The growing rift among the members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council over their relations with Iran is threatening the very foundation of the Arab bloc, an Iranian lawmaker says.

“Today, Qatar and Oman as the members of the [P]GCC have good relations with the Islamic Republic and this has shaken the main foundation of this council,” said Deputy Chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mansour Haqiqatpour in a Monday interview.

The lawmaker argued that the [P]GCC was basically formed to counter Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and noted that adoption of such a hostile policy by reactionary Arab regimes resulted in regional insecurity and foreign meddling.

Haqiqatpour underlined the need for a new power structure across the Persian Gulf region and said, “The security of the Persian Gulf can be achieved merely through the cooperation of all regional countries because the security, political and economic equations of this extremely sensitive region cannot be resolved without Iran.”

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors to Qatar after accusing Doha of interfering in the internal affairs of their countries.

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of the aforementioned states accused Doha of interfering in their countries’ internal affairs despite Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s denial of any interference.

By Press TV


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