Dec 05, 2019 18:26 UTC
  •  HOPE initiative aimed at reducing regional tensions: Senior diplomat

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi says Tehran’s proposed plan for ensuring security in the Persian Gulf aims to reduce tensions in the strategic region.

According to Press TV, Araqchi said in a meeting with visiting Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah on Thursday that a constructive approach to the initiative — known as Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) — is a step toward defusing regional tensions, and reaffirmed Iran’s readiness to find a practical mechanism along with all countries in the region to implement the plan.

“Iran believes in a collective collaboration among regional states for maintaining security, and regards dialogue as the sole solution to attaining such a goal and tackling hardships,” the senior diplomat said.

Speaking to reporters in late September before setting off to take part in the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Hassan Rouhani said the HOPE initiative was aimed at establishing long-term peace in the Persian Gulf, something he said could not be achieved as long as outsiders were present.

Expounding on the objectives and principles of the HOPE initiative as presented by Rouhani in his UN speech, Araqchi said, “The plan provides an appropriate framework for all regional states [in their efforts] to consolidate peace and stability and promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation.”

He noted that if the regional countries took a constructive approach to the HOPE initiative, it would be a step toward reduction of the existing tensions in the region, declaring Iran's readiness to find mechanisms to put his initiative in gears in cooperation with all regional countries.

Al-Jarallah, for his part, described negotiations as the only way possible to resolve regional crises and emphasized the need for expanding bilateral ties between Iran and Kuwait.