Regional cooperation essential for Persian Gulf states: Mottaki

TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that regional cooperation in the Persian Gulf is a necessity.

“Collective cooperation in various areas in the Persian Gulf (region) is imperative, and all of us should try to extend this cooperation,” he said in a meeting with the new UAE ambassador to Iran, Khalifa Shaheen al-Merri.


Mottaki added that Iran welcomes the expansion of ties with the United Arab Emirates.


Al-Merri stated, “The cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states is a necessity for creating lasting security and peace in the region.”


Regional states should increase their cooperation in order to stop extremism in its tracks, since this tendency is a threat to regional stability, the ambassador observed.


The UAE is Iran’s most important trade partner in the Persian Gulf region and Iranians have invested billions of dollars in the country.





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