Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday advised the member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council PGCC to follow the Kuwaiti emir’s approach rather than issuing “pointless statements.”
Qassemi was reacting to accusations leveled against Iran during the 39th PGCC summit in Riyadh, IRNA reported.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman accused Iran of meddling in other countries’ affairs, as he addressed the summit on Sunday.
The Iranian official expressed regret over the continuation of the council’s unconstructive approach towards Iran.
It seems that the Arab council, influenced by wrong and destructive policies of some of its members, has turned into a cover for stances that are in line with past wrong policies, Qassemi said.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman added that the PGCC can use its potential to dispel internal and external misunderstandings and differences by adopting an “independent and logical” approach, but instead, it is “shamelessly lauding the divisive policies of certain extra-regional countries.”
From Iran’s point of view, the stances expressed in the final statement of the Riyadh summit does not necessarily reflect the position of all its members, he said.
Qassemi added that Saudi Arabia’s failure to achieve its goals at the summit is a sign of the contradiction between the text of the final statement and the practical approaches taken by some of the council’s members towards Iran.
Chairing the PGCC session, the Saudi king claimed that Iran continued to promote terrorism and threaten regional stability. He also accused Iran of pursuing aggressive policies and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
Salman called on all the PGCC member states to work with international partners to maintain regional and global security and stability, and to insist on achieving full and adequate guarantees on Iran’s nuclear program.
On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded swiftly, tweeting that the “region has had far too many strongmen who have only caused war & misery.”
The PGCC, which comprises Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, was formed in 1981.