Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday Moscow has been urging Persian Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism and that it was high time the world got rid of unilateral measures such as sanctions.
Zarif made the remarks while addressing the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on Sunday, where he said, “The disparities in power, geographic size, natural and human resources and the like among countries in our region have led to disastrous conclusions.”
Iran’s naval forces are closely watching the movement of any foreign vessel in the Persian Gulf waters, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said, warning against the presence of extra-regional countries in that territory.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday called on regional countries to join an initiative for peace and security in the Persian Gulf, dubbed as the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), which he said was based on four key elements.
Pakistan’s prime minister left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday amid his efforts to ease tensions between Riyadh and Tehran which have deteriorated in recent months following attacks on a Saudi’s oil facility and an Iranian oil tanker.
There are reports that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia to defuse tensions in the Persian Gulf which according to political observers would be a huge diplomatic achievement if Islamabad succeeds in its efforts.
Iran‘s Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, has highlighted the significance of maintaining security in the Persian Gulf, saying that either all countries in the region will benefit from security or all will be deprived of it.