News ID: 216870
Published: 0145 GMT June 18, 2018

Rouhani: Iran seeks dialogue to end regional divisions

Rouhani: Iran seeks dialogue to end regional divisions

Political Desk

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Islamic Republic seeks to end conflicts in the Middle East through interaction and talks with regional countries.

Rouhani made the remarks in a phone call with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, reported.

The Iranian president noted that efforts aimed at providing security and stability benefit all nations in the region.

He also criticized Saudi Arabia’s regional policies, in particular its military operation in Yemen.

“The adventurous policies of some of the regional countries are wrong. We believe the continuation of such policies will complicate ongoing problems in the region, including in Palestine, Syria and Yemen,” Rouhani said.

He stressed that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has no military solution, calling for dialogue to settle the crisis.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a war on Yemen in March 2015 to reinstall Riyadh-backed former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The military aggression has killed thousands of people and displaced millions of others.

On Wednesday, the Saudi-backed forces launched a deadly offensive to take the Houthi-held port city of Hodeida.

The invasion of Hodeida has already triggered fears of a fresh humanitarian crisis in a country where more than 22 million people are in need of aid, including 8.4 million who are at risk of starvation.

Pointing to the offensive on Hodeida, Rouhani said the invasion of the port city has led to a “humanitarian crisis” in Yemen which has placed “extreme pressure” on the impoverished people of the country.


Qatar blockade

Rouhani stressed that Tehran would continue to expand ties with Qatar despite a blockade imposed on Doha by its neighbors.

On June 5th, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar — closing their land, air and sea borders with it — accusing it of funding “terrorism” and fomenting regional instability. Doha has rejected the allegations.

The Qatar emir thanked Iran for supporting his country amid the blockade. He said that Doha is determined to promote ties with Tehran in all fields.



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