Iran invites regional states to talks, restraint

MNA – Iran’s FM spokesman Ghasemi said the current challenge straining ties among regional states is the result of Riyadh Summit, calling on countries in region to hold talks and remain calm for settling their issues.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi made the remarks in his weekly press conference on Monday, in response to a question about Iran’s position toward the recent tension between Qatar and a number of Arab countries in the region.

“I said before that the bad timing of Riyadh Summit and the wrong list of participants in it could lead to adverse consequences in the wake of foreign meddling in regional affairs,” he said.

Ghasemi went on to add, “the sides need to settle their issues through political solution and negotiations. We invite all to show calm and restraint. We want to maintain relations with all our neighbors and we do have what it takes to further develop cooperation with them.”

Ghasemi was referring to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21 in which Trump called for the international “isolation” of Iran. Following Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Saudi’s purchasing tens of billions of dollars worth of arms from the US, tensions among regional states has escalated to the point where the Arab kingdom severed ties with Qatar and voiced blatant threats against Iran.