Tuesday Dec 31, 201302:40 PM GMT
Iran ties with Persian Gulf states growing: Deputy FM
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

An Iranian deputy foreign minister has hailed the “growing” relations between the Islamic Republic and its neighboring Arab states in the Persian Gulf region.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday that holding more sessions of joint commissions is an indication of “growing cooperation” between Tehran and the Persian Gulf littoral states.

Amir-Abdollahian also pointed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent tour of the Persian Gulf states, stressing that the visits show the Islamic Republic’s “efforts to [expand] bilateral and collective cooperation in the [Middle East] region.”

In early December, the Iranian foreign minister travelled to Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and held talks with senior officials in the Arab countries in line with Tehran’s doctrine of broadening ties with its neighbors in the Persian Gulf region.

Amir-Abdollahian went on to say that Tehran also seeks the improvement of bilateral interactions between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the issues concerning the Muslim world that were discussed in the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Guinea-Conakry earlier in December.

On December 17, Amir-Abdollahian announced that Zarif plans to visit Riyadh at the earliest opportunity once an opening arises in his schedule and the necessary itinerary plans are arranged.

Elsewhere in his Tuesday remarks, Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the ongoing crises in the Middle East and praised the effective measures taken by the Iraqi army to counter terrorism.

Violence has surged across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008.

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