“US is so desperate to show support for its struggle to illegality extend arms restrictions on Iran that it clings to the personal position of GCC SG—obtained thru coercion— as regional consensus,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“All knew that most in the region—even in GCC—do NOT subscribe to this,” Zarif said while referring to the remarks of a Qatari official as the 'proof.'
Mutlaq bin Majed al-Qahtani, a senior Qatari Foreign Ministry official, had recently said that the latest anti-Iran stance of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council does not reflect the position of member states.
In an interview with al-Jazeera on Wednesday, he said that the council’s positions are usually taken and announced at foreign ministerial meetings and that the latest stance of its General Secretariat on extension of arms embargo on Iran does not reflect the position of member states.
The PGCC’s secretariat on Sunday in a statement called on the United Nations to resume an arms embargo against Iran which is to expire in October based on the UN-endorsed 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world six big powers.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has earlier strongly condemned the PGCC move describing it an “irresponsible” act.
“Unfortunately, it seems that the so-called Persian Gulf Cooperation Council has turned into a spokesperson for some narrow-minded people both inside the council and outside the region and that the council’s secretariat, swayed by the wrong and destructive policies and behavior of certain member states, has turned into a mouthpiece for anti-Iran elements,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statemen.