0857 GMT February 17, 2019
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for dialogue among regional countries to have a strong Middle East, saying, “What we need is a stronger region rather than strongmen.”
Zarif made the remarks in a message posted on his twitter account on Sunday.
“Our region has had far too many strongmen who have only caused war & misery. What we need is a stronger REGION rather than strongmen. For this we need dialogue, respect for international law, inclusion, security networking, economic cooperation, and more people-to-people contact,” said Zarif.
In recent years, the Middle East region has been the scene of numerous crises, including ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions of people have been displaced because of wrong policies adopted by some regional leaders.
A survey of food security in Yemen has found more than 15 million people are in a “crisis” or “emergency” situation and that number could hit 20 million without sustained food aid, the UN World Food Programme said in a statement on Thursday.
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has launched a war on Yemen to reinstate the country’s former president. The war has killed more than 15,000 people.