Home Regional embassy Iran categorically rejects statement by Arab leaders in Persian Gulf as “unconstructive”

Iran categorically rejects statement by Arab leaders in Persian Gulf as “unconstructive”



TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Wednesday evening strongly condemned an anti-Tehran statement released after the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council summit, stressing that the Islamic Republic will not allow any interference in its internal affairs, including its peaceful nuclear program.

The group’s leaders, who had gathered for an annual summit in Riyadh on Tuesday, reiterated their claims about the Islamic Republic’s work on nuclear energy, the defensive missile program and regional influence.

The allegations were made as Iran and other remaining parties to the nuclear deal – JCPOA – as well as the United States meet in Vienna to develop a strategy to lift anti-Iran sanctions and end. to alleged concerns about Iran’s nuclear activities.

According to Press TV, Khatibzadeh categorically rejected the allegations, seeing them as “a continuation of the unconstructive and erroneous attitude of certain members of the Council”.

He regretted that the body maintains its anti-Iranian stance, despite recent diplomatic measures by the Islamic Republic aimed at resolving the permanent differences between Tehran and some of the council members.

The spokesperson denounced some members for “hiding behind” the organization to broadcast their anti-Iranian views “on its behalf”.

Khatibzadeh reminded those same countries of their own regional mistakes, including their continued war on Yemen and opening the door for the Zionist regime to entrench Israel in the region.

“Unfortunately, the continuation of the war in Yemen,… and the entry of a destructive entity of the Zionist regime endangered the security and stability of the region, and the Islamic Republic has announced that it has expressed its concerns to this regard, “lamented the spokesperson.

Khatibzadeh warned that “the Islamic Republic does not tolerate any interference in its peaceful nuclear energy program, its defensive missile program and issues related to its defensive, military and deterrent policies.”

The official, meanwhile, recalled that the “position of principle” of the Islamic Republic was based on the search for a resolution of regional problems on the basis of “interaction and cooperation” with its neighbors.

Tehran, he added, therefore welcomes any initiative likely to help boost regional relations on the basis of international principles and regulations.

The remarks came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called for an “effective and serious” approach to Iran’s ballistic and nuclear program during the summit which also included the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman. and Qatar.

“It is important to have an effective and serious approach to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic program,” the crown prince said at the summit.

This happened despite talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia to settle the differences.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, two heavyweight countries in the region, have held four rounds of talks since April, including a first meeting in September with the government of new President Ebrahim Raisi.

In an interview with the Financial Times published on October 15, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud called the negotiations “exploratory” but “cordial”.

“We are serious about the talks,” he said. “For us, it’s not that big a change. We have always said that we want to find a way to stabilize the region.

Iran said Tehran is happy with the way negotiations have gone with Saudi Arabia, stressing that the two regional actors have the capacity to establish “lasting” relations.

Saudi Arabia unilaterally severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after angry protests outside its embassy in Tehran in reaction to the execution of a senior Shiite religious official.