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.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh called on the regional states to view Iran as their friend, expressing Tehran’s preparedness to work with its neighbors to secure the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
Fighter jets of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) took part in joint aerial drills over the Persian Gulf waters ahead of a massive parade slated for Sunday (Sept. 22).
Two Iranian companies signed a $440-million agreement Saturday to develop a gas field in the Persian Gulf, with the Oil Ministry saying it showed arch-foe the United States could not stop the country with sanctions.