“Nations within the Persian Gulf area have to surmount the present state of division and pressure and as a substitute transfer within the path of erecting real looking regional preparations. It might maybe begin with a modest regional dialog discussion board,” he stated on Sunday.
Zarif addressed the Munich Safety Convention, an annual gathering of high diplomats and protection officers, urging Arab states to work with Iran to handle “anxieties” and violence throughout the area.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani final week traveled to Oman and Kuwait to enhance ties, his first go to to the Persian Gulf states since taking energy in 2013.
“On regional dialog, I am modest and I am specializing in the Persian Gulf. We’ve sufficient issues on this area so we wish to begin a dialog with international locations we name brothers in Islam,” Zarif stated.
“We have to tackle widespread issues and perceptions which have given rise to anxieties and the extent of violence within the area,” he added, when requested whether or not Tehran would additionally think about a region-wide dialog.
Zarif earlier criticized four-decades of well-financed “Takfiri” ideology which has its roots in Saudi Arabia and is adopted by extremist teams reminiscent of Daesh, al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Entrance.
Saudi Arabia unilaterally severed ties with Iran final January after protesters in Tehran and Mashhad attacked its diplomatic premises following the dominion’s execution of distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. A few of Riyadh’s allies adopted go well with and reduce or downgraded their ties with Iran.
It was selecting regional enmity, Zarif stated, that had partly spawned such extremist outfits reminiscent of Daesh and al-Nusra Entrance.
“For almost 4 many years, a well-financed world proliferation of Daesh ideology based mostly on division, hatred and rejection, which all people would agree has nothing to do with Islam, has been offered as selling a so-called ‘average Islam’ to confront an erroneously-framed ‘radical Iran,” he famous.
The opposite contributors to the rise of such teams have been “the endemic downside of overseas occupation and invasion,” and their arming and financing by some states within the area, Zarif added.
‘Conflict not the reply’
Addressing different crises within the Center East, the highest Iranian diplomat stated conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain “shouldn’t have navy options,” including “every requires a political answer, the place no real actor is excluded.”
As a working example testifying to “the success of diplomacy over coercion” is the 2015 conclusion of a nuclear settlement between Iran and world powers, he stated.
The accord, he stated, held “an essential political lesson: All events involved outlined the issue in a mutually acceptable manner in order that they might discover a answer in a mutually acceptable manner.”
Zarif brushed apart new stress from america, declaring that his nation is “unmoved by threats” however responds nicely to respect.
President Donald Trump has adopted a harsh language in direction of Iran, threatening to “tear up” the nuclear deal, calling Iran “terrorist state primary,” and imposing new sanctions in opposition to the Islamic Republic.
Zarif stated, “Iran would not reply nicely to threats. We do not reply nicely to coercion. We do not reply nicely to sanctions, however we reply very nicely to mutual respect. We reply very nicely to preparations to succeed in mutually acceptable eventualities.”
“Iran is unmoved by threats. Everyone examined us for a few years — all threats and coercions have been imposed on us,” Zarif added.
The minister as soon as once more dismissed any ideas Iran would ever search to develop nuclear weapons. He mocked “the idea of crippling sanctions,” which he stated merely ended with Iran having acquired hundreds extra centrifuges, used for enriching uranium.
Iran has at all times stated it has no real interest in nuclear weapons. Requested how lengthy it might take to make one if it did resolve it needed such weapons, Zarif replied: “We aren’t going to supply nuclear weapons, interval. So it can take eternally for Iran to supply nuclear weapons.”
The Munich occasion discusses such points as the way forward for the US-led navy alliance of NATO, world order and safety, terrorism, extremism, and numerous regional issues.