Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has dismissed the recent remarks by Jordan’s king on Tehran’s regional policies, saying such accusations are in contradiction to the realities of the region.
In a Sunday statement, Qassemi pointed to the claims by King Abdullah II about an “Iranian crescent” and “Iran’s meddling in the region” and stressed that they are against the calls by the people and most countries of the Middle East for establishing lasting peace and security in the region.
“Such unfair statements cannot deny Iran’s stabilizing role, relentless efforts in fight against terrorism and its contribution to establishing security in the region.”
The spokesman went on to say uttering such remarks amid the critical and hard conditions of the region does not meet the interests of the regional governments and nations at all.
“Such remarks only benefit the ill-wishers, occupiers and aggressors who cannot put up with the peace, economic development, territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the states in this sensitive region of the world.”
He said as long as policies adopted in the region are against the public interests and there is no strong will to trace and eradicate the root causes of the current crises and tensions, there will be no bright prospect for lasting stability and security in the Middle East.
The spokesman also touched on new initiatives by the Islamic Republic to establish an environment free from tensions among the regional states including the establishment of an assembly for regional dialogue in the Persian Gulf.
“The principal, lasting and unchangeable policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been based on contributing to regional peace, stability and security,” he said, adding that Iran spares no efforts to invite other states to dialogue and prepare the ground for putting an end to the regional plight and problems.
Qassemi also said the Islamic Republic will continue to invite regional states to constructive dialogue with a focus on constructive outcomes in order to clear up misunderstandings and start multilateral cooperation among the states of the region.
“We have always welcomed any positive and stabilizing initiatives with the aim of further strengthening peace and stability in the region,” he concluded.
Qassemi’s statement came after King Abdullah II accused Iran of meddling in a number of Arab countries’ affairs on Friday.
He told CNN that Saudi Arabia was not the only country concerned about Iran’s “destabilizing activities, but also all states in the region, especially after we saw the repercussions of these policies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.”
The Jordanian monarch also claimed he did not believe that Iran would change its foreign policy, which was adopted decades ago.