Rouhani says Iran ‘ready’ to talk to Arab neighbours

By AFP – Feb 28,2018 – JORDAN TIMES

Tehran, Iran — President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Iran is ready to discuss regional security issues with its Gulf Arab neighbours as long as foreign powers are kept out of any potential talks.

“We don’t need foreigners to guarantee the security of our region,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“When it comes to regional security arrangements, we are ready to talk to our neighbours and friends, without the presence of foreigners,” he added.

“We are, have been and always will be good neighbours,” Rouhani said, addressing Gulf Arab countries including Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Rouhani was speaking in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas overlooking the Gulf — a flashpoint of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The two powers, who severed diplomatic ties in January 2016, have taken opposing sides in wars in Syria and Yemen.

Shiite-dominated Iran is the main regional backer of the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad against Sunni rebels supported by Saudi Arabia.

In Yemen, a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing since 2015 Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels opposed to the internationally recognised government.


4 replies

  1. Rohani: Rouhani says Iran ‘ready’ to talk to Arab neighbours==

    Saudi Arabia do not want to talk to Iran. Why?

    1. Saudi Arabia has a pride, majority of sunni Islam in the world, Saudi reject the faith of Syiah, accussed non Islam, blaspheme or heresy.

    2. Saudi Arabia want to be a leader of Islamic world. Because Islam was born in Arab land.

    3. Saudi want to keep conflict with Iran in order USA can help Saudi to develop its country. Iran is the same enemy.

    Why USA do not like Iran?
    Because Iran want to expel Jews from Israel. Iran never recognize the state of Israel as well Hamas snd Hesbullah.

    Maybe God has a good plan for Islamic world that we donot know,

    • Yes, power play. Saudi Arabia wants the ‘Islamic World’ to follow their lead. Iran of course has no such intention. (And the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at also not). – Why USA do not like Iran? Come on! Just look at the history! OIL OIL OIL. The USA wants to control the world’s oil supply and Iran wants to have an independent policy.

      • Rafiq— the world has been changed— USA do not want OIL from Saudi and others countries anymore-/ Thank God— USA has sufficent Oil , USA has been exporting Oil or Gas to Japan. You missed a good important info from USA.


      • Just because the USA has oil now it does not mean that it does not want to control the rest of the world. Every heard the word ‘greedy’ ?

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