Persian Gulf states should resolve differences through political means: Iran

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi stressed the ongoing rift between Qatar and a number of Arab countries is not in the interests of any country in the Middle East, and Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors should resolve the issue through political means.

In reaction to the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain to sever their ties with Qatar, Ghasemi in a statement voiced Iran’s concern over the increased tension, and expressed the hope that the differences would be resolved as soon as possible.

"While the region and the world are still suffering from the profound consequences of terrorism and extremism as well as the continued occupation of Palestine by the Zionist regime, the escalation of tension in relations between neighboring states does not benefit any government and nation in the Middle East," Ghassemi said, adding that such rifts threaten everyone’s interests.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on all neighboring countries involved in the ongoing row in southern Persian Gulf to learn from the bitter experiences of the region, refrain from emotional reactions, return to rationality and prudence, and show maximum self-restraint to ease the tension and return to peace," he went on to say.

"The differences between regional countries, including the ongoing rift between Qatar and three of its neighbors, can only be settled through political and peaceful means and transparent and frank dialogues between the parties," Ghasemi added.

He also referred to the instrumental use of sanctions in the ‘intertwined modern world as an inefficient, blameworthy, rejected, and unacceptable move.

"Maintaining national sovereignty and territorial integrity of independent states, non-interference in their internal affairs, and respecting the recognized international borders are among the basic principles of international relations and laws, which should be respected by all parties," he added.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also reacted to the event in his twitter pase.

Neighbors are permanent; geography can’t be changed. Coercion is never the solution. Dialogue is imperative, especially during blessed Ramadan,” he tweeted.


*Source: ISNA