Iran’s FM urges action against foreign interference in Persian Gulf

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Persian Gulf countries to cooperate to counter common threats and damaging interference by outsiders, saying the Persian Gulf could turn into the ‘sea of friendship’ in spite of existing differences.

In an article on the occasion of the National Day of Persian Gulf in Iran, Zarif reaffirmed Tehran’s policy of insistence that regional countries are capable of running the Persian Gulf affairs by themselves.

“The regional countries are able to fulfill their interests in cooperation with each other, and protect themselves in the face of threats,” he underlined.

Zarif then highlighted the need for concerted action by neighbors in the delicate Persian Gulf region to develop mechanisms for dialogue in order to seize opportunities, combat common threats, counter foreign interference, ensure regional security, and guarantee freedom of shipping.

The senior Iranian diplomat also emphasized the necessity for settlement of crises and differences in a peaceful manner and based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, non-interference in the internal affairs of others, recognizing the unchanging nature of the internationally accepted borders, prohibition of use of force and threat, and efforts to promote the region’s general situation and its human and economic development indices.

The countries lying on two sides of the Persian Gulf could turn it into the “sea of friendship” despite some divisions, Zarif underscored.

In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of regional countries alone, and dismissed the US claim of seeking security in the region.

“The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Leader said.