Iranian President: Iran Eager to Develop Brotherly Ties with Persian Gulf Littoral States
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said that his country is willing to further develop brotherly and friendly relations with the Persian Gulf littoral states.
During the conversation on Wednesday, President Rouhani hoped that with new developments in the field of international relations, hostile policies of some countries in the region would be adjusted and the opportunity for dialogue and reaching an understanding in the region would be fortified.
Stressing the need for deepening Tehran-Doha ties in all fields of mutual interest, he said that accelerating the implementation of the agreements between Tehran and Doha will be in the interest of both nations and the region.
"We should overcome domineering policies and reliance on foreign countries through wisdom, rationality and honest dialogue within the region," Rouhani said, noting that allowing the Zionist regime come in the region will cause insecurity and instability in the region.
However, it is really surprising to see some neighbors consider their security tied to their connection with the criminal Zionist regime, which is the enemy of all Islamic countries and the entire region, he said.
"We, the countries of the region, can solve our problems as neighbors and brothers," he said, noting that no doubt regional relations will experience better conditions in the coming months.
Al-Thani, for his part, described Iran-Qatar relations as strategic and growing, reiterating that implementation of the agreements between the two countries is in the interests of the two nations, and Qatar will make every effort to implement these agreements.
"We believe that cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries should be further developed in all areas, including water security in the region, and in any agreement to ensure regional security, Iran should be a party to the dialogue to reach an agreement," he said.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said on Tuesday that Qatar is resolved to develop economic relations with Iran, stressing the fruitfulness of cooperation with neighbors.
Ardakanian said that Doha is intent to expand economic relations with Iran and voiced hope that cooperation with neighbors will bear fruit in the near future.
“After the US, Britain, and France, Iran is the fourth country to which Qatar has sent a commercial attaché and this proves the Qatari side's will in expanding economic relations with Iran,” he said on the sidelines of the 7th meeting of the Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Commission in Isfahan.
The minister expressed pleasure that new vistas of cooperation in energy sector have been explored during the meeting.
Ardakanian and Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari signed the 7th meeting of the Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Commission's MoU on Tuesday.