Iran wants Saudi Arabia back on track

TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has expressed hope that Saudis will give up wrong policies and return to normal track of their policies.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters during his weekly press conference on Monday in Tehran that Iran had repeatedly stated that any policy based on exploitation of terrorism in the region was unproductive and would yield negative results.

“It is crystal clear that terrorist movements plague the whole region, besetting the region by turmoil and chaotic situation, and their presence would not be in favor of any regional or international player,” he added. “We expect friends and neighbors to deal with these issues with a strategic vision preventing terrorists form pursuing their goals in causing disruption.”

In response to a question on Saudi Arabia’s delay in clearing Hajj issues, Jaberi Ansari said “Saudis keep sabotaging deployment of Iranian pilgrims to Mecca and if they continue the current trend over the coming days, it will literally become impossible for Iranians to attend the Hajj.”

Asked about the latest developments in Turkey and resignation of the neighboring country’s prime minister, Jaberi Ansari refrained from commenting on the issue on the grounds that it was Turkey’s internal affair, providing vague comments that the Islamic Republic of Iran supported boosting ties with Turkey.

Foreign Ministry official called for further venues for development of cooperation between Iran and Turkey in the current circumstance as well as in future.

Touching upon Iran-Russia negotiations over the violation of ceasefire in Syria, FM spokesperson said “normal and continuous consultations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia on bilateral ties as well as regional and international developments have been underway.”

“Vienna meetings of Syrian crisis had announced a ceasefire and a mechanism had been envisaged in the agreement for the process to be observed and monitored,” he emphasized.

The official said “we announced that one fundamental problem to peace and reconciliation in Syria is that one party to the talks had no specific identity and virtually there existed no guarantee that they would comply with the reached agreements.”

“Violation of ceasefire in Syria confirms our estimation that the opposition and armed groups would not fulfill their commitments,” underlined Jaberi Ansari adding “the issue marks one of the main barriers to peace process in Syria.”

FM spokesman pointed to US seizure of $2bn of Iranian assets; “a committee addressed the issue with the results of their sessions presented to the president which will be further publicized as a statement after being discussed at the meeting of the Supreme National Security Council.”

He also addressed the impact of FM Zarif’s meetings in New York on the implementation of the obligations of the other party in JCPOA; “the main axis of talks was the latest status of JCPOA particularly on banking and financial activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“The political environment and the pressures mounted by the US and western countries are on the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we are seeking to resolve banking issues in near future,” said the official, stating “the Iranian government will represent the interests of the nation though complete implementation of the nuclear deal; however, it would prove to be a time-consuming process.”

He went on to touch upon the Israel's recent attacks on Gaza; “the situation in Palestine in general and Gaza in particular is a clear instance of violation of human rights while some countries in international level keep making slogans on independence and national sovereignty, rights of nations for self-determination and other issues associated with international potential governing the conditions of war and occupation.”

”Gaza has long been caught in an inhuman siege; unfortunately, governments in the region, Islamic states and Palestinian government, who should pioneer action on the issue, pay the least amount of attention to the question of Palestine and its people’s rights due to certain regional conflicts,” added the official.

On the recent events in Khan Touman in Syria where Takfirists surprised Syrian forces on Sunday to capture the strategic point where a number of Iranian military advisers had been martyred, Jaberi Ansari said that the event was part of a greater development inside Syria. He admitted that . Jaberi Ansari ascribed the event on a pitfall suffered by ceasefire arrangements where no effective supervision was made over the ceasefire process; “all sides should remain committed to ceasefire; however, the rival fighting factions had not recognized any international conventions by breaking the ceasefire; they clearly show that they would not agree to political solutions to the ongoing crisis; we believe the ceasefire provides an opportunity when terrorists receive ammunition and support to strengthen their positions,” he emphasized.

On negotiation of Iran’s missile program during nuclear talks, Jaberi Ansari told reporters that Iranian negotiating team had blocked any attempt by the other side to put missile program as a subject matter in negotiations and Iran had been attaching to this policy firmly.

Media speculated that US would address Iran’s access to dollar-based international trade only if Iran puts its missile program into bilateral negotiation and Mr. Jaberi Ansari was reacting officially to this media story.

 

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