Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tells regional countries not to forge ties with Israel in false hope of ensured security

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tells regional countries not to forge ties with Israel in false hope of ensured security

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed regret over the move by certain regional countries to forge ties with Israel in hope of guaranteeing their security, saying the "criminal" Tel Aviv regime is the source of insecurity and instability in the Middle East.

Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday that regional countries should overcome the policy of coercion by outsiders and their reliance on foreign countries through wisdom, prudence, rationality and sincere dialogue in the region.

"Unfortunately, getting the Zionist regime involved [in regional developments] will be a cause of insecurity and instability in the region. And it is really surprising to us that some neighbors consider their security to be tied with relations with the criminal Zionist regime, which is the enemy of the entire region and Muslim countries,” Rouhani said.

Stressing that regional countries can solve their problems as neighbors and brothers, Rouhani said, "I have no doubt that in the coming months we will see better conditions in regional relations with the help of each other."

He expressed hope that with the new developments in international relations, the “hostile” policies of some countries in the region will be rectified and “we will see an opportunity to strengthen dialogue and reach an understanding within the region.”

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In his remarks, Rouhani also touched on the issue of bilateral ties and described Tehran-Doha relations as friendly and growing and stressed that the will of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to foster “dialogue, understanding and fraternal relations with the Persian Gulf littoral countries.”

He also underlined the need for the promotion of Tehran-Doha relations in all areas of interest, especially economic and trade relations, adding that accelerating the implementation of mutual agreements “will be in the interest of both nations and the region." 

The Iranian president also responded to the Emir of Qatar's official invitation to pay an official visit to Doha, expressing hope that the visit would take place at an appropriate time.

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The Qatari emir, for his part, lauded Tehran-Doha ties as strategic and growing, and stressed that the implementation of the agreements between the two countries serves the interests of the two nations.

He also said that Qatar will make every effort to implement those agreements.

On regional developments, Sheikh Thani said that cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries should be further developed in all areas, including ensuring maritime security in the region’s waters.

“In any agreement to ensure regional security, Iran should be a party to talks to reach an agreement,” he said.

Emphasizing that all regional countries have suffered from irresponsible behavior of some countries in the region, he expressed hope that, given the new international developments, talks between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries will be resumed.

He also once again officially invited the Iranian chief executive to pay a visit to Doha.

The Iranian President’s remarks come in reaction to Israel’s forging ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain under US-brokered agreements.

Following the September 15 signing of deals on normalization between Israel and the UAE and also Bahrain, US President Donald Trump announced on October 23 at the White House that Sudan and Israel had also agreed to normalize relations.

The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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