Yesterday (Thursday), a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the statement issued by the Ministerial Council of the “Gulf Cooperation Council” regarding the resumption of relations between Riyadh and Tehran, expressing his country’s aspirations for the agreement to play an influential role in promoting peace and stability in the region.
And Saudi Arabia and Iran announced earlier this month that they had reached an agreement to resume diplomatic relations, and to reopen the embassies and representations of the two countries within a maximum of two months.
Yesterday, the Iranian statement came in response to the welcome of the foreign ministers of the “Gulf Cooperation Council” at the conclusion of the “Riyadh meeting”, the day before yesterday, to the Saudi-Iranian agreement, under the auspices of China, to resume diplomatic relations between the two countries and to restore their diplomatic missions, expressing his hope that “To constitute a positive step for resolving all regional disputes through dialogue and diplomatic means.”
The spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, renewed praise for China’s support, and the influential measures of Iraq and Oman in resuming diplomatic relations between Riyadh and Tehran. “The support of the countries of the region for this agreement is evidence of the will of neighboring countries to enhance diplomatic initiatives at the regional level,” he said in a statement.
Kanaani pointed out that Tehran “considers cooperation with neighboring countries as the best way to solve regional issues, based on its strategic and principled political viewpoint, and welcomes positive initiatives aimed at developing relations based on good neighborliness and international covenants.”
However, the statement expressed reservations about what was stated in the Gulf ministerial statement, which affirmed its firm positions and decisions rejecting Iran’s continued occupation of the three islands (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa). The Iranian statement said that the three islands are “an integral and eternal part of Iran’s territory.”
The Iranian statement also rejected the Ministerial Council’s affirmation of the importance of Iran’s commitment not to exceed the rate of uranium enrichment required for peaceful uses, and the need to fulfill its obligations and fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, pointing to the need for the Gulf states to participate in all regional and international negotiations, discussions and meetings in this regard. matter.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said that Tehran “aware of its international responsibility and obligations, and has always adhered to those treaties, and with regard to the nuclear agreement, it deals with the concerned parties in the technical and political frameworks of this agreement.”