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Iran feels regional stability

IranDhaka, 03 December, Abnews : Iran`s foreign minister has appealed to Gulf Arab states to overcome their differences and work together for regional stability and to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. Speaking on Talk to media Mohammad Javad Zarif said all countries in the region needed to reach across the sectarian divide to contain threats of violence and extremism, particularly in Syria.

We should all work to end violence to bring about a political solution to end this tragedy that is a shame for both the Sunnis and Shias, said Zarif, who was in Doha, Qatar, as part of a tour of Gulf Arab states. It`s a shame for the Islamic world. It`s a shame for our region. We have to come to the realisation that these divisions will not help resolve the problem.

After visits to Kuwait and Oman for meetings on its recent nuclear deal with world powers, Zarif said in Doha that his goal was to assure the Gulf states that the agreement signed in Geneva was in their best interests. He said on Talk to media that he believed it was possible for a permanent agreement to be reached with the West on Iran`s nuclear programme, but it would take faith and goodwill.

Sanctions had failed to have an impact on his country`s nuclear enhancement programme and the productivity of its centrifuge machines, Zarif said. The net product of the sanctions has been about 18,800 centrifuges that has been added to the Iran’s stock, he said. However, Jen Psaki, the US State Department spokeswoman, said there was no question the sanctions had an impact on Iran`s economy.

We have not questioned the fact Iran has made progress on enhancement and development, she said in Washington DC on Monday. That`s why we stepped up sanctions.

The Iran nuclear deal that was reached in the Swiss city on November 24 was welcomed by the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states, which have long been concerned about Iran`s regional ambitions. But the Saudi government reacted cautiously, saying the deal could mark the first step towards a comprehensive solution for Iran`s nuclear programme.

Zarif voiced hopes of visiting Saudi Arabia soon and also the United Arab Emirates, whose foreign minister announced during a visit to Tehran last week that his government was ready to create a joint economic commission with Iran. I am ready to go to Saudi Arabia, but it is just a matter of being able to arrange a mutually convenient time. I will visit it soon inshallah  Zarif said. Source: Internet


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