0923 GMT June 17, 2018
Qassemi rejected the accusations leveled by Riyadh and Cairo as “unfounded” and “unrealistic,” saying that such moves amount to insistence on the destructive mistakes of the past, IRNA reported.
“It is regrettable that diplomatic and political meetings between the officials of certain countries in our region has, instead of leading to the settlement of problems and getting out of the long drawn-out current situation, turned into an arena for levelling unfounded accusations against other regional countries,” said Qassemi.
At a time when the Middle East needs rationality and realism, such moves will drag the region into long-running enmity, antagonizing others and making false threats, which will only lead to backwardness, divergence and abuse by enemies and ill-wishers, he added.
“The accusation that Iran is meddling in regional countries is condemned, in any form and by anybody; the Islamic Republic of Iran has always prioritized its neighbors in its foreign policy, and has tried, in one way or another, to help resolve regional disputes and boost convergence and establish security and stability in the region,” he said.