TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday Tehran has always stressed the importance of dialogue and political negotiations as the only solution to regional problems and issues.
Abbas Mousavi said the Islamic Republic will do whatever it can to set the stage for talks between countries in the region.
He made the remarks in response to questions about recent comments by a UAE official, saying Abu Dhabi did not seek tensions with Tehran and wanted disputes to be settled through diplomatic ways.
"The idea of the formation of a forum for regional dialogue and a non-aggression treaty as well as the launch of the Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) initiative at the 74th meeting of the UN General Assembly by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s president are within this framework,” he noted.
He said the HOPE initiative has been presented to heads of state of Iraq and countries to the south of the Persian Gulf.
"This plan emphasizes our common security with our neighbors based on compliance with common principles, including not threatening to use force, settling the crises peacefully, respecting the sovereignty of countries and not interfering in the internal affairs of countries as well as nations’ right to self-determination,” the spokesman said.
Iran believes if this process is set in motion, the common interests of all regional countries will be ensured and their differences of opinion respected, he added
Mousavi said Iran hopes the regional countries will embrace the HOPE initiative and begin comprehensive regional talks in a bid to eradicate the root causes of divisions in the region and take practical, serious and effective steps toward resolving regional crises.