1149 GMT May 28, 2022
Raeisi made the remarks in a Thursday meeting with visiting Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, during which the two sides discussed the importance of boosting cooperation among regional countries, Press TV reported.
“Deepening of relations and increased synergy among neighboring countries can help ensure security” in the region, Iran’s president said.
“Presence of foreigners in the West Asia region only leads to increased insecurity and raises concerns,” Raeisi noted, adding, “Foreigners have no respect for the identity and character of regional nations as well as governments and believe that they are masters of the world.”
“However,” Raeisi said, “they must give up their arrogant and complacent spirit and recognize the identity and culture of [regional] nations.”
Raeisi stated that the Iranian nation has always stood on its principled positions on various issues and moves ahead without caring for what the enemies want. “This is why the Americans officially announced that their maximum pressure policy has borne no fruit.”
Former U.S. president Donald Trump launched what he called the maximum pressure campaign against Iran in 2018 after he pulled Washington out of the 2015 multilateral agreement with Tehran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), claiming he could “get a better deal” than the one reached under his predecessor Barack Obama.
Iran flatly refused to negotiate a “Trump deal” and rejected his repeated calls to hold talks at any level.
On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been an “abject failure”.
Speaking at a press briefing, he added that the previous U.S. administration left behind a “terrible set of options”, including its escalations toward the Islamic Republic.
Raeisi added that under the new administration, the Islamic Republic of Iran prioritizes expansion of relations with regional and neighboring countries.
“Tehran believes that regional cooperation is in favor of [the promotion of] peace and security as well as advancement of regional nations and hails it,” Iran’s president said.
The Qatari foreign minister conveyed an invitation from Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for Iran’s president, inviting Raeisi to take part in the next summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.
“Qatar is determined to boost all-out relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in various political and economic fields and the emir of Qatar is personally following up on this issue,” he said.
He noted that Qatar shares Iran’s stance on the negative outcome of foreign presence in the region, adding, “We believe that regional countries must move toward peace and progress through regional cooperation.”
Also on Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with his Qatari counterpart, saying the recent uptick in military moves in the region can worsen the situation and destroy the path to peace.
Pointing to the pace of regional and international developments, Amir-Abdollahian stressed the need for closer consultations between Iran and Qatar alongside efforts to establish peace and stability in Yemen and Afghanistan.
Touching on regional developments, Iran’s top diplomat said, “In recent weeks, we have witnessed an increase in military moves regarding Yemen, and such moves will lead to outbreak of further wars in Yemen and the region, and destroy the path to peace.”
The Qatari foreign minister expressed concern about the escalation of new tensions in the region, saying, “We believe that there is no military solution to the Yemeni crisis. They must reach a solution through dialogue and that the current situation does not serve the interests of either side.”
On Tuesday, the two foreign ministers discussed matters of mutual interest in a phone call, stressing the need to bolster the role of diplomacy and dialogue in the resolution of certain important regional issues.
Among the topics discussed in the two diplomats’ phone conversation were current issues and ongoing developments in the region as well as the continuation of consultations between the two countries on maintaining and ensuring peace and stability in the regional and global arenas.
The foreign ministers of Iran and Qatar also discussed and exchanged views on the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries in various political, economic and cultural fields.