Spokesman denounces allegations against Iran at Manama Conference

FNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi dismissed the allegations raised against his nation in the annual Manama Dialogue conference in Bahrain as “worthless”.

“The countries which have themselves created and promoted terrorism and extremism and interfered in other countries’ internal affairs by ignoring the principle of good neighborliness and also undermined regional security by hosting foreign forces cannot blame the Islamic Republic of Iran for the problems made by themselves,” Mousavi said on Sunday.

He added that the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, shedding the blood of tens of thousands of innocent women and children, destruction of Yemen’s infrastructures and resorting to colonial behavior to overthrow the legitimate governments will not be cleared from the regional and world nations’ historical memory.

Mousavi called on the countries which attended the Manama conference to accept the realities and opt for talks and collective cooperation for the establishment of security and stability and development of the region.

The Iranian officials have on different occasions invited the regional countries to join the Tehran peace initiative, dubbed as Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), as outlined by the President Rouhani at the UN General Assembly meeting.

Commenting on objectives of Hormuz peace initiative, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in September that promoting solidarity, mutual understanding and peaceful and friendly relations and cooperation among regional states as well as boosting collaboration in uprooting terrorism, extremism and sectarian tensions and making sure about energy security, freedom of shipping and free flow of oil were among the objectives of the initiative.

Zarif went on to say that regional cooperation was necessary for fighting terrorism, specially in the areas such as the Middle East and Afghanistan where terrorist groups are more active than any other places.