FM Stresses Iran’s Readiness for Regional Cooperation

A02574263.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced that Iran is fully prepared to launch cooperation with all regional states in a bid to reinvigorate stability and security in the strategic and sensitive Persian Gulf region.

Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with his UAE counterpart Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan here on Tuesday, a report released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said.

During the meeting, the Iranian top diplomat viewed ties between the two countries as unique in the region, mentioning the two nations’ religious, geographical and historical commonalities serving as the bedrock for such consolidated ties.

He also said that the firm determination and fresh motives of the two countries’ senior officials have created new opportunities for the development of mutual relations.

Mottaki further reminded that the regional nations have for centuries conducted a peaceful and brotherly life alongside each other free from any religious or ethnic differences or disputes.

Noting the role of the Persian Gulf security in the regional stability, he said, “Security in the Persian Gulf is a significant contributor to the growth, progress and development of the regional countries and we believe that regional states are capable of providing this security through cooperation.”

The Iranian foreign minister also stressed that deployment of the alien forces in the Persian Gulf, specially in the post-Saddam era has yielded no fruits but instability and insecurity.

He further voiced Iran’s full preparedness to cooperate with all regional countries to strengthen stability and security in the important and sensitive region of the Persian Gulf.

The official underlined that development and deepening of friendly ties with all the regional states sets Iran’s policy in dealing with regional countries.

For his part, the United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan referred to the two countries’ profound and desirable relations, and stated his country’s readiness to make investments in Iran in a bid to enlarge the volume of the two neighbors’ economic and trade cooperation.

Elaborating on the need for increased exchange of views to make an optimized use of the existing opportunities and increase the two nations’ economic cooperation, he mentioned that profound popular bonds and continued and constructive exchange of views by Iranian and UAE officials have paved the way for the enhancement of various new opportunities for economic and trade cooperation.

The top diplomat further stressed the necessity for cooperation between the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states and the Islamic Republic of Iran, underlining that such cooperation can contribute to regional stability, security, peace and development.

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