Iran has rejected as baseless recent remarks by the head of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), who accused the Islamic Republic of meddling in the affairs of Arab states.
On October 15, [P]GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani claimed that Iran was pursuing the policy of interference in the domestic affairs of Arab countries, alleging that such policies threaten security in those states and in the entire Middle East region.
An informed source at Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the unfounded allegations and said the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy is based on the principles of “moderation, political wisdom, good neighbor policy and non-interference in the affairs of neighboring countries,” IRNA reported on Thursday.
The Iranian official also called on “the countries that have provided a breeding ground for terrorist groups in the region through their political and financial support to make up for this mistake by showing their determination in the fight against terrorists.”
The source further said Iran has played a “constructive role” in the restoration of stability to the Middle East by adopting a “responsible” approach towards the developments in the troubled region, which has witnessed a spike in the violence fueled by foreign-backed Takfiri groups.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions reaffirmed its determination to establish good relations with all neighbors, particularly Arab countries, emphasizing the need for collective cooperation in the region to counter terror threats.
This is while some members of the [P]GCC, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been among the major supports of Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq.