The head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharazi, said on Saturday that Tehran is ready for dialogue and cooperation in various fields with all countries in the Middle East, stressing that his country has a strong influence in four Arab capitals.
This came during Kharazi's attendance of a seminar of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies in the Qatari capital Doha, according to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Kharazi said that "the countries of the Middle East should hold a dialogue and make a joint decision to reach peace and security without foreign intervention," stressing that "Iran is ready to start the dialogue and cooperation with all countries in the region."
Kharazi pointed out that "there is no other solution than strengthening political trust and putting differences aside through dialogue. If we believe in our capabilities as Islamic countries, we would be able to reach such a point."
Concerning Iran's influence on four Arab capitals, Kharazi said: "It is true that we influence in Arab and non-Arab countries because Iran is an inspiring country to the other countries. It is normal that a state that makes progress without the support of foreign countries be a source of inspiration for other counties."
Kharazi described the "policy of intimidation from Iran" as having led to the waste of the wealth of some Arab countries as well as the strengthening of relations with the Zionist entity. He also said that "the USA supports Saudi Arabia because it needs its wealth and it has taken 400 billion dollars from the country for senseless matters."