News ID: 213927
Published: 0157 GMT April 25, 2018

Zarif calls for establishment of ‘Regional Dialogue Forum’

Zarif calls for establishment of ‘Regional Dialogue Forum’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for the establishment of a “Regional Dialogue Forum” and the establishment of new security networks aimed at replacing the current national security blocs.

Zarif made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing the 72nd meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Zarif noted that the Persian Gulf countries must join forces in order to maintain regional peace instead of trying to become regional powers.

“It is crucial to now shift to a new paradigm based on joining forces to create strong regions, instead of anyone seeking to be the strongest in our region. And shifting from forming security blocks to accepting security networking. Both are predicated on respect for the interest of all stakeholders – large and small – coupled with a win-win philosophy. In the current inter-connected world, no country’s security can be assured at the expense of others,” he noted.

He further said the time has come to move away from hegemonic illusions which are causing strife in the Middle East.

“Conflict prevention requires focusing on the root causes, including the mutually reinforcing afflictions of occupation, foreign intervention and extremism. Additionally, advancing hegemonic illusions or attempting to achieve security at the expense of others through exclusion and block formations, have invariably caused tension and conflict, and led to destructive arms races,” he added.

On Monday, Zarif said that the era of zero sum games is long over while addressing the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

“In the wars of 20th and 21st centuries, there are no winners; only the degree and amount of loss will be different. In the globalized era... you cannot have security at the expense of insecurity of others,” he said, adding, “The era of hegemonic influence is long gone.”

He added that Saudi Arabia is trying to introduce Iran as a regional threat, while adding that more dialogue is needed among regional states.

On Tuesday, Zarif held separate meetings with the United Nations secretary general and with his European counterparts at the UN headquarters in New York for talks on various international issues.

In his meeting with the UN chief, Antonio Guterres, the two sides discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Yemen, and the UN’s role in restoration of peace and stability through political dialogue.

The UN secretary general also expressed support for efforts to save the agreement, urging all parties to honor their commitments under the accord.

In a separate meeting, Zarif and his German counterpart Heiko Maas discussed the future of the deal and the necessity to preserve the deal.

The two ministers also talked about the situation in Syria and efforts to restore stability to the Arab country through political talks, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

They further weighed plans to enhance bilateral relations between Tehran and Berlin in various fields.

Another meeting, held between Zarif and Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, revolved around the nuclear deal, settlement of crises in Syria and Yemen, and plans to boost the economic ties between Iran and Norway.

Press TV and Tasnim News Agency contributed to this story.



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