TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reiterated Tehran’s resolve to promote security and stability in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic welcomes neighboring Qatar’s proposal for regional dialogue.
Speaking to the Arabic-language Al-Ahed news website, Afkham pointed to recent remarks by the Qatari emir about a dialogue between Iran and Arab states in the region, saying the Islamic Republic welcomes regional consultations.
“In light of the current regional developments, such dialogue and consultations should be held among regional countries,” she noted.
Promotion of regional cooperation reduces the cases of foreign intervention, Afkham underlined.
On Monday, Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani suggested hosting a “meaningful dialogue” in an attempt to calm Arab-Iranian differences.
The emir told a United Nations General Assembly gathering of world leaders that in his opinion, there was not a conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims but instead regional political disputes between Iran and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region.
He said his own country’s relations with Iran were “growing and evolving steadily”.