Iran's cooperative relationship with its Gulf State neighbours is "growing", its Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs has claimed. Hossein Amir Abdollahian told the official Iranian news agency on Tuesday that holding more joint discussion sessions is an indication of "growing cooperation" between Tehran and the Persian/Arabian Gulf countries.
"We are interested in cooperation and converging positions between Tehran and Riyadh on the issues of the Islamic world," he said. This is expected to be on the agenda at the next meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to be held in Guinea.
Pointing to what he described as the "constructive attitude of the Iranian and Saudi Arabian parties", Abdollahian said that this has happened in the course of the development and consolidation of bilateral and multilateral relations in the Gulf region. He explained that the recent visit of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to some of Iran's neighbours in the Gulf demonstrated Tehran's interest in regional bilateral and collective cooperation.
Abdollahian also suggested that the Iranian army has helped to strengthen security in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. "There is no place for terrorists in the future of the region," he insisted. "We are confident that all Iraqi leaders welcome the campaign against terrorism and the full restoration of security across the country."
Source: Al Ghad