Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said strengthening and developing ties with neighboring and regional countries is the priority of Iran’s 13th administration.
He made the remarks at the Baghdad multilateral meeting in New York, attended by foreign ministers and senior representatives from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and France, as well as the head of EU foreign policy, secretary general of the League, secretary general of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, secretary general of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and chaired by the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized the intra-regional dialogue as a solution to get out of the current crisis. The history and reality of the last 100 years in the West Asian region (Persian Gulf, North Africa) shows that external variables have been the main obstacle to convergence and not to sustainable development.
“We have always stressed that we need endogenous and indigenous security agreements to create stability and security in the region. Foreign presence and intervention in any form whatsoever are contrary to the objectives of peace and security in the region, ”Amir-Abdollahian stressed.
“I stress once again that the priority of the new government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to strengthen and develop relations with its neighbors and the region, and I hope that such meetings will open a new chapter of cooperation and participation of the peoples of the region for peace, ”he added.
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