Iranian FM proposes regional talks convention to soothe tensions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message called on the regional countries to convene in serious talks on detente in the region.

In his message published in two Arabic-language al-Safir and al-Shorouq newspapers, he raised his proposal for the start of talks on regional and Islamic issue, and urged serious negotiations and efforts to produce a mechanism to uproot tension and its components in the region as well as mistrust among the regional states.

He underlined that respect for nations’ sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence, non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, avoiding use of threats and forces and efforts to materialize peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region conform the principles of these talks.

Zarif described the crisis in Yemen as a good ground for serious talks between Iran and its neighbors, and reminded the regional countries of Tehran’s plans presented in the past to settle the crises in Yemen and Syria politically.

Zarif’s message came after his three-leg tour of Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq late in July.

During the trip, he held a meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which the Iranian top diplomat underlined the necessity for cooperation among the neighboring and regional states to establish security and stability in the region.

“Security and stability in the region is only established through regional cooperation among the neighboring countries,” Zarif said during the meeting in Doha.

He also stressed the necessity for regional cooperation to effectively fight against terrorism and extremist-Takfiri groups, and said, “Terrorism and extremism should be confronted within the framework of safeguarding and respect for the states’ national sovereignty.”

The Qatari Emir, for his part, said that regional cooperation to establish stability and security in the neighboring states is an important issue, stressing that all countries should remain committed to this principle.

Also, speaking to reporters in Kuwait city on July 26, the first destination of his three-leg tour, Zarif also underlined that Tehran would strongly stand beside the regional countries in their fight against terrorism and extremism.

“Iran and the regional countries are facing common threats that should be confronted through mutual cooperation,” he said.

The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that the accusations lodged against Iran are not true, warning that such allegations are aimed at the failure of cooperation among the regional states.

“Iran is standing beside the regional nations against the threat of extremism,” Zarif said.

By Fars News Agency