Dialogue, respect for law essential for making strong region: Iran FM
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says under the current tumultuous conditions in the Middle East, dialogue and respect for international law are among the most important factors that pave the way for making the region strong.
“What we need is a stronger region rather than strongmen. For this we need dialogue,” and “respect for international law,” Zarif said in a tweet posted on his official Twitter page on Sunday.
The top Iranian diplomat also mentioned “inclusion, security networking, economic cooperation, and more people-to-people contact,” as other factors, which can help regional states achieve the goal of having a stronger region.
The Iranian foreign minister also took to task the “strongmen,” who have risen to power in Middle Eastern countries, for the destructive role they have played in the region, noting, “Our region has had far too many strongmen who have only caused war & misery.” He, however, made no direct reference to any specific regional politician.
In another part of his tweet, Zarif brought up some key points included in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's statement before the regional parliament speakers' conference in Tehran on the requisites for the realization of a stronger region.
Addressing the Tehran conference on Saturday, President Rouhani said that deepening of multilateral and bilateral bonds and the pursuit of multilateralism in diplomatic and economic relations were key factors for achieving this goal.
Iran on Saturday hosted the second Speakers' Conference in the capital Tehran, which focused on the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity. The event was attended by parliament speakers from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.