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Iran has no problem with renewing relations with Saudi Arabia: Pres. Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran has no problem with developing relations with neighboring countries and renewing relations with Saudi Arabia, and all countries must be together in order to provide security and stability in the region.

He made the remarks in his meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi on Tuesday.

Stating that meeting with Omani officials is always a great opportunity to develop friendly relations, he said, “Iran attaches great importance to the development of relations and cooperation with its neighbors, particularly Oman.”

Iranian President noted, “Fortunately there has been good momentum in economic relations between Iran and Oman”, adding, “We hope that good steps will be taken to develop and strengthen Tehran-Muscat relations and cooperation by holding the 18th Joint Commission on Cooperation between the two countries.”

President Rouhani stressed the importance of expanding business relations, enhancing communication between the two countries’ businessmen, trying to accelerate the implementation of mutual agreements and facilitating banking relations between the two countries, highlighting, “Oman could serve as a hub for Iranian trade in the region.”

Pointing to the necessity of further development of Oman-Iran relations in various fields, including scientific and cultural, people-to-people relations, shipping and tourism, he said, “The two countries’ economic activists and investors can develop partnerships using their capacities and capabilities.”

Emphasizing Iran believes that regional countries should play an active role in ensuring the security of the region and has presented Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) in this regard, Rouhani noted, “We must ensure the security of the region, especially in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz with the expansion of cooperation, and not allow foreigners to interfere.”

Iranian President said that the Yemen crisis is one of the major problems in the region, adding, “The [Saudi-waged] Yemeni war has achieved nothing but destruction, killing people, creating hatred between the two countries and threatening the territorial integrity of Yemen.”

“Unfortunately, Europe and the US, despite their apparent comments, are not interested in making peace in Yemen because they have been able to sell a great deal of weapons,” he continued.

Emphasizing there is no other way than brotherhood and friendship between nations and countries in the region, Rouhani said, “We should all strive to end the war in Yemen as soon as possible and bring stability and security to this country in the framework of Yemen peace talks.”

President Rouhani also expressed hope that Iran’s and Oman’s peace efforts will lead to peace, stability and security in the region and the development of friendship and brotherhood among nations.

He said, “We believe that we should work together to solve the region’s problems”, adding, “The policies of the Saudi government in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon have made no progress to them, and we hope that the Saudi authorities will change their policy.”

Pointing to Islamic Republic of Iran’s view of developing relations with its neighbors and renewing ties with Saudi Arabia, Iranian president said, “We believe that all regional countries must stand together in order to provide security and stability in the region.”

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi, for his part, considered the development of relations and cooperation between Iran and Oman in the interests of all countries in the region, saying, “Oman has a special interest in developing relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Referring to the 18th Joint Commission on Cooperation between Iran and Oman in the presence of economic activists and representatives of the private sector of both countries, he noted, “The increasing strengthening of relations and mutual cooperation will be to the satisfaction of both nations.”

Expressing that Iran and Oman share common views and positions on many regional and international issues, bin Alawi highlighted, “Iran’s peace initiative for the Persian Gulf known as the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) will certainly benefit everyone and promote stability and security in the region.”

Noting that Iran and Oman can provide appropriate solutions to regional problems, especially in Yemen, by developing cooperation, Omani foreign minister said, “Fortunately, there are promising signs for the Yemen crisis to be solved, and Iran will certainly not hesitate to do so in view of its sensitive position and responsibility in the region.”

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