Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday called for intra-regional dialogue to establish peace in West Asia, saying that security can be ensured through mutual trust among the countries of the region.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized that peace can be realized through dialogue and negotiations within the region and hopes that regional nations will come to a common understanding that security can only be achieved via mutual trust, reliance on national capabilities, strengthening relations and good neighborliness, and non-interference by extra-regional countries,” Amir-Abdollahian told an international conference for cooperation and participation held in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
He said such a common understanding can pave the way for “political, economic and cultural cooperation in the region” and “guarantee comprehensive growth and development” of regional nations in the shadow of “common and lasting security,” by using God-given wealth.
The top diplomat blamed war, instability, and insecurity in the region on foreign intervention and “security-oriented” policies. He noted, however, the region has all the indices required for cooperation and convergence.
Amir-Abdollahian stressed that “sustainable regional security” is what regional countries need more than ever, which can be attained with the participation of the countries of the region and the use of economic resources to build a “coalition for peace and development”.
While supporting the stability, security, independence, territorial integrity, dignity, authority and promotion of the regional and international position of Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran voices its readiness to develop Tehran-Bagdad bilateral and regional cooperation, he said.
Praising the resistance of the Iraqi people, government and religious leaders in combating terrorist groups, including Daesh, the Iranian foreign minister hit out at the US for fomenting insecurity in the region and assassinating two top anti-terrorism commanders, namely, Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
He also voiced Iran’s support for the Iraqi government and people and the Arab country’s decision on withdrawal of foreign troops and holding early elections.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran once again welcomes the constructive role of this country in promoting the culture of dialogue and regional cooperation and regards cooperation within the region as the basis for achieving stability and peace in this direction,” he noted.
Emphasizing the important role of the countries in the region, Amir-Abdollahian concluded his remarks by reaffirming the Islamic Republic of Iran’s readiness to advance the goal of promoting regional dialogue and cooperation.
Iraq opened the Baghdad conference aimed at easing tensions in the region, with the participation of heads and officials of regional countries, including Iran and representatives from other countries, Press TV wrote.
Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Baghdad on Saturday at the head of a delegation to attend the high-level meeting.
Before leaving for Baghdad, he said, “We welcome any regional initiative by the authorities of the Republic of Iraq which would involve the participation of the peoples of the region.”
Iraq has also invited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey to the summit, which is co-organized by France.