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Iran calls for formation of dialogue forum for Persian Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the formation of a regional dialogue forum for the Persian Gulf littoral states in an attempt to restore peace and stability to the region.

According to Press TV, in a Monday article in The Atlantic website, Zarif underlined the need for “meaningful” restoration of peace and stability to the Persian Gulf region, noting, “To achieve this outcome, we should be erecting a working regional mechanism rather than laying more bricks in the wall of division. We can start with a regional dialogue forum, something Iran has always been—publicly and privately—in favor of.”

“Such a forum should naturally be based on respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of all states; the inviolability of international boundaries; non-interference in others’ internal affairs; the peaceful settlement of disputes; the impermissibility of threats or use of force; and the promotion of peace, stability, progress, and prosperity in the region,” he added.

Zarif argued that a forum based on these principles will enable all the parties to develop more formal security cooperation among themselves.

The article criticized regional countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, accusing Iran of  interfering in Arab affairs and spreading insecurity in the region and noted, “Ironically, though, it is they who have waged war on their fellow Arab nation of Yemen, invaded Bahrain, embargoed their kin in Qatar, funded and armed terror groups in the war in Syria, and supported a military coup against an elected government in Egypt, all the while denying the most basic freedoms to their own restless populations.”

“Iran, meanwhile, being stronger and older as an independent state than any of its neighbors, has not attacked another country in nearly three centuries. Iran doesn’t and won’t interfere in the internal affairs of its neighbors,” it added.

The Iranian top diplomat, however, argued that all the regional countries should take heed of the developments in the region, as their national interests are extensively intertwined.