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Iran's foreign minister has reiterated Tehran's proposal to sign a non-aggression treaty with the countries in the Persian Gulf region amid ongoing tension which has escalated in recent weeks.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs has sat for talks with the ambassadors of Islamic countries in Tehran ahead of the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is due to be held in Saudi Arabia.
In a jointly composed article, Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, a Princeton University scholar and a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, and Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of Saudi-based Persian Gulf Research Centre, say it is time for the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to hold talks.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has called for emergency meetings of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) and the Arab League, following mysterious “sabotage” attacks on Saudi and Emirati oil tankers as well as drone strikes targeting Saudi oil pumping stations.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has strongly denounced the Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment of residential areas in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, which left dozens of civilians including women and children dead or wounded.
Iran has lauded the unilateral withdrawal of Yemen’s National Salvation Government troops from the three port cities of Hudaydah, Ras Isa and Saleef as a “constructive move”.
The deputy head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said the dispatching of nationals to Saudi Arabia’s holy cities for performing the Umrah (minor Hajj) pilgrimage will resume if the kingdom accepts the Islamic Republic’s conditions.
Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says a US bid to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero is a “pious hope,” warning countries using oil as a weapon about repercussions of further volatility in the global market.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has dismissed claims by certain foreign media outlets about Iran’s request for negotiation with the United States, and the beginning of Tehran’s talks with Riyadh, describing them as “inaccurate and unfounded”.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, the prime minister of Israel, and Trump’s national security advisor are dragging the US into a war with Iran.