Iran: Persian Gulf Security Hinging on Regional Cooperation

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that for centuries the Persian Gulf has been kept secure by the littoral states, reiterating that the water body’s peace and stability is only achievable through cooperation among the countries of the region.

“It is for centuries that regional countries have provided the security of the Persian Gulf. Today, security of the Persian Gulf cannot be achieved without the cooperation and interaction of regional countries,” Zarif said today after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.

He also pointed to the positions shared by Iran and Indonesia about Palestine and added, “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the first Qibla of Muslims in the world and the two countries of Iran and Indonesia pursue joint objectives in this field.”

In continuation of his Asian tour, Zarif met and held talks with his Indonesian counterpart on Friday. In this meeting, the two sides emphasized on broadening and deepening bilateral relations.

Supporting the increase of political talks and mutual cooperation with regard to the important issues in the Islamic world specially Palestine and continuation of consultations with regards to the significant issues in the region and also in Islamic Cooperation Organization (IOC) as well as other international assemblies were also discussed between the Iranian and Indonesian foreign ministers.

Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the US proposal to form a naval coalition in the Persian Gulf, stressing that regional security cannot be established without Iran.

His remarks came after the US and Britain announced that they will send nuclear-powered carriers and submarines to the Persian Gulf under the pretext of formation of a coalition to establish security in the region.

The United States has been trying to persuade its allies into an international coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, which accommodates around a third of global seaborne oil traffic, and other strategic Middle Eastern shipping lanes.

Washington’s call has, however, been met with little interest from Washington’s allies, which are concerned that joining such an alliance could drag them into a conflict with Iran.

The French are noncommittal, while Germany, Italy and Sweden have rejected joining the alliance.





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