Sunday, August 7, 2022

Jordan FM: Arabs seeking good ties with Iran

Jordanian foreign minister says Arab countries want friendly relations with Iran and to achieve the goal, all sides need to remove sources of tensions through a negotiated solution.

In an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Ayman al-Safadi dismissed reports that Arab countries in the region are forging an anti-Iran coalition with Israel through establishment of a military alliance similar to NATO.

Al-Safadi said forming a so-called Middle East NATO is not on the agenda of US President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and the Israeli-occupied territories next month.

Jordan’s King Abdullah had earlier told CNBC News network last week that he supports the formation of a NATO-style military alliance in the Middle East.

The issue touched a raw nerve in Iran, with high-ranking officials warning the Islamic Republic will give a befitting response to any interventionist move by Israel in the Middle East.

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