Iran, Russia Stress Need for Restoration of Calm to Middle East

Middle East

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian and Russian diplomats in a meeting in Moscow underlined the necessity for fighting terrorist groups and restoring tranquility to the Middle East region.

During the meeting in the Russian capital on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgolov discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.

Araqchi and Morgolov called on the regional countries to help bring back peace and tranquility to the region through fighting terrorism and extremism.

The two sides, meantime, stressed that Tehran and Moscow should develop their trade and cultural cooperation.

Araqchi and Morgolov also discussed regional and international issues, specially the status quo in the Persian Gulf, as well as Iran and Russia’s proposals to the regional states to restore stability to the region.

Last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at Washington for obstructing any initiative for forming an alliance of multiple countries pursuing common goals, warning that the US is seriously endangering multilateralism in the world.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku, Zarif said the main objective of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is to boost multilateralism, emphasizing that the ministerial meeting of the organization and following summit of the heads of state will mainly focus on such an ideal.

essary for world countries to base their relations upon diplomacy and multilateralism. The 18th NAM summit preceded by the foreign ministerial meeting will also provide an opportunity for the high-ranking officials to hold talks on the sidelines of the events,” the top Iranian diplomat noted.

A day earlier, Zarif had criticized some Western countries for applying unilateral policies against other nations, reminding that world issues will have no solutions unless they are addressed collectively.

“Multilateralism has become a must for the human community, and the world cannot survive without taking multilateralism into consideration,” Zarif said, addressing the International Conference on “Unilateralism and International Law” which was held in Tehran.

He highlighted the crucial role multilateralism plays in today’s world, saying the human community will not be able to survive unless it addresses world issues collectively.

He stressed that Iran has always been steadfast in multilateralism since the world needs to collectively address the issues at the international arena.

The imposition of the will of a single power over all other nations is an existential threat for everyone, he added.





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