Iran Warns Persian Gulf Arab States Not to Cling to Israel after Trump
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the regional states not to resort to Israel after the end of former US President Donald Trump’s tenure who called them milking cows.
“We remind the regional states that they were waiting for Trump who brought them nothing. Now they have resorted to Israel; the Zionist regime will not benefit them either. Israel will not bring them security. If it could, it would create security for itself. Israel has come to bring them insecurity, it has come to place the border of its conflict on their soil, and this is not in their interest, while we have no problem with these regional states,” Zarif said in an interview with the Persian-language Ettela’at newspaper on Monday.
He reminded the Arab states that Trump had called them “milking cows”, and said the Israeli regime is worse than Trump.
“Trump cannot compete with Netanyahu in criminal acts and malignancy. So the wise way is to accept the proposal of the Qatari foreign minister, which we have also welcomed, and return to the region, and we are ready to work with them [the regional states],” Zarif said.
In relevant remarks last year, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a meeting with visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Tehran, called upon all neighboring countries of the region to rely on intra-regional capacities to stop the US from throwing the region into further mayhem.
During the January 12, 2020 meeting with Sheikh Tamim, Ayatollah Khamenei said corrupt actions taken by the United States and its allies are the main cause of the current situation in the region, urging regional countries to boost cooperation to undo such actions.
Describing the current conditions in the region as unfavorable, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The reason behind this situation in corrupt actions taken by American and its allies and the only way to counter it is to rely on inter-regional cooperation.”
In another part of his remarks, the Leader pointed to good political ties between Iran and Qatar, saying, "The two countries' economic relations are not on the same level as political relations and Iran-Qatar cooperation should further improve in common fields."
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced and Mr. President [Hassan Rouhani] has also explicitly stated that Iran is ready for closer cooperation with regional countries," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
The Leader stated, "Of course, some parties who have come to this region from across the world are not interested in the expansion of cooperation among regional countries, but this issue has nothing to do with them and regional countries and nations do not accept such bullying and interference anymore."