0927 GMT February 25, 2021
In a meeting with Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah in Kuwait on Tuesday, the visiting Iranian official praised Kuwait’s efforts in developing understanding among the Persian Gulf countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He described dialog and noninterference from the extra-regional countries as two main elements in collective security across the region.
Considering the existing potential in the region, Araqchi added, cooperation among the Persian Gulf countries in various fields could lead to a bright and promising future for the region.
The senior Iranian diplomat emphasized that regional security and stability should be ensured by the region’s own countries, noting that collective cooperation among the countries and noninterference from foreigners are required to that end.
“From the viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Persian Gulf security is an issue pertaining only to the regional countries, and Iran is ready to hold talks solely with the regional states in this regard.”
Elaborating on Iran’s policy on the possible return of the US to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Araqchi dismissed any negotiations over the agreement or the subject beyond the nuclear deal, but noted that discussions can be held on how all parties would resume implementing the JCPOA within the format of the P5+1.
The JCPOA was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent UNSC members and Germany) in July 2015. However, in May 2018, US withdrew from the deal and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring Tehran to the negotiating table.
Being part of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran under the administration of the former president, Donald Trump, the sanctions failed to produce the desired result thanks to Iranian people’s resilience.
Araqchi said, “Firstly, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not hold talks with the 5+1 countries on any subject other than the way to implement the JCPOA, and secondly, it (Iran) is ready to hold talks about the Persian Gulf security only with the regional countries and without any foreign interference.”
The Kuwaiti foreign minister welcomed the continuation of consultations with Iran, describing dialog and negotiations among the regional countries as the only appropriate solution to the disputes.
He also highlighted Kuwait’s resolve and willingness to expand relations with Iran in various fields.