0412 GMT June 26, 2022
Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two major regional powers, can complement each other’s capacities and ensure peace, security and development in the region, said the head of the Islamic Republic’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations (SCFR).
Making the remarks in an address to a conference themed Iran and the Arab world, held in the Qatari capital of Doha on Sunday, Kamal Kharrazi added that having taken part in five rounds of talks brokered by Iraq, Tehran and Riyadh have chosen the path of dialogue to resolve their differences, ISNA reported.
Iran attaches great importance to Saudi Arabia as a major regional country that is home to the Muslims’ Qibla and holy shrines, he said, warning that Tehran and Riyadh cannot adopt hostile approaches toward each other and attempt to eliminate one another.
Kharrazi listed as four pivotal topics in the Islamic Republic’s relations with the Arab world: Tehran-Riyadh ties, Yemen’s crisis, Iran’s attitude toward Iraq, and Palestine.
He described the presence of numerous tension-creating factors in West Asia as a bitter and saddening reality, saying the Islamic Republic maintains that promoting brotherly, but frank, dialogue among the regional and Persian Gulf littoral states, without trans-regional countries’ presence and interference, is the best solution to security problems.
The SCFR’s chief stressed that Iran seeks to cooperate with other countries of the region to contribute to the advancement of West Asia and the Muslim world in general, saying this is not a periodic and temporary policy, but a principled strategy based on Iran’s Constitution.
Iran’s strategic policy in West Asia is based on security and development as two inseparable concepts, Kharrazi noted, adding that the Islamic Republic’s opposition to foreign forces’ presence in the region is, in fact, the country’s disagreement with the interference of the United States and the Zionist regime in regional affairs, and is in line with efforts to ensure the entire region’s security.