Date :Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | Time : 08:46 |ID: 107048 | Print

Zarif in Doha: Economic Terrorism against Iran is ineffective, but ups insecurity in region

SHAFAQNA- In a meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Economic terrorism against the Iranian nation is ineffective, stressing that such measures taken by the United States has escalated insecurity in the region.

The senior diplomat also reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to broadening relations with all neighbors, and hailed Tehran-Doha ties as a good example of Iran’s political interaction with regional states, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The Qatari monarch, for his part, pointed to the close and brotherly relations between Iran and Qatar, underlining the need for bilateral consultations and deliberations concerning regional and international issues as well as a concerted effort to resolve problems in the region.

Sheikh Tamim also expressed Doha’s preparedness to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Zarif, who arrived in Qatar on an official trip on Sunday, left Doha on Monday.

The visit comes as the region is beset by heightened tensions particularly following a recent US decision to form a naval coalition with the declared aim of protecting commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf.

US coalition in Persian Gulf ‘failure in advance’

Earlier on Monday, Zarif had a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.

In this meeting, Zarif strictly renounced the idea of foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf as a “failure in advance” and said the move would further complicate the situation in the region.

Zarif also said the responsibility for securing the Persian Gulf rested totally with the regional states, not foreign forces, and underscored the Islamic Republic’s role in maintaining regional peace and stability, press tv reported.

U.S. turning Persian Gulf region into “tinderbox”

Also on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister had an exclusive interview with the Doha-based television network Al Jazeera, during which he warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying the United States has turned the Persian Gulf region into a “tinderbox ready to blow up” by selling weaponry to certain regional countries.

“The UAE with a total population of one million spent $22bn, Saudi Arabia spent $87bn. If you are talking about threats coming from the region, the threats are coming from the US and its allies who are pouring weapons in the region, making it a tinderbox ready to blow up,” Zarif said.

Pointing to the US-proposed military coalition in the Persian Gulf, Zarif stressed that the presence of more warships in the region would only lead to more insecurity.

Zarif says trip to Qatar ‘very productive’

Heading home after a one-day visit to Doha, Zarif wrote in a post on his Twitter account “Back from very productive trip to Qatar”. Exchanged ideas with Emir Tamim Bin Hamad and FM MBA (Mohammed bin Abdulrahman) Al Thani on bilateral, regional and global issues.”

“Only regional nations can ensure regional security: #Neighbors First,” the Iranian minister added.

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