News ID: 264294
Published: 1136 GMT January 13, 2020

Rouhani urges collective efforts to de-escalate tensions

Rouhani urges collective efforts to de-escalate tensions

Political Desk

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called for collective efforts to stabilize the region and reduce tensions.

“In the current situation, we should all strive for peace and stability in the region and work together to reduce tensions,” Rouhani told Pakistan’s visiting Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Tehran.

The president said “disagreement and division” in the Muslim world are “in no one's interest”.

“We fully welcome Pakistan's efforts to promote peace and stability in the region,” he said.

The Iranian chief executive warned that the breakout of a regional conflict “could be very dangerous,” saying Iran does not seek to “ignite a war.”

“Iran, while fully prepared to defend its own interests, never seeks to ignite a war,” he said.

Rouhani stressed that “dialogue and close cooperation” among regional nations are in the interest of all.

He also expressed gratitude for Islamabad's solidarity with Tehran regarding Washington's assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani last week.

"The leaders of the United States and the Israel, along with leaders of terrorist groups around the world such as Daesh, were happy with the assassination of Soleimani," Rouhani said.

"However, people who seek peace and security in the region were saddened [by the incident],” he added, calling on "all countries to firmly condemn Washington's act of government terrorism".

Qureshi said Pakistan believes the region cannot afford any more conflicts and that efforts should focus on preventing further escalation of tensions.

The Pakistani minister urged Rouhani to pursue diplomatic means to reduce tensions and resolve all issues amicably. 

He also vowed that Islamabad will not allow his country's borders to be used to threaten Iran and that Pakistan regards itself as "a partner in the peace and stability" of Tehran.

"We believe that the borders between the two countries are borders of peace and friendship," he noted, adding that Islamabad was determined to deal with those seeking to create insecurity in the border areas.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have spiked in recent weeks after the US assassinated the top commander in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated by targeting two US bases in Iraq.

Press TV contributed to this story.


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