News ID: 210313
Published: 0352 GMT February 20, 2018

FM calls for confidence-building measures in Persian Gulf

FM calls for confidence-building measures in Persian Gulf
Ahmad Moeini Jam/IRNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the Persian Gulf states to work for the realization of “a historic paradigm shift” in the region through confidence-building measures.

Addressing the annual Valdai Club Conference in Moscow on Monday, Zarif said the Islamic Republic recognizes “that we need confidence-building measures in the Persian Gulf: from joint military visits to pre-notification of military exercises; and from transparency measures in armament procurements to reducing military expenditures,” IFP reported.

He said all of these measures “could eventually lead to a regional non-aggression pact.”

“We can begin with easier to implement issues such as the promotion of tourism, joint investments, or even joint task forces on issues ranging from nuclear safety to pollution to disaster management,” he added.

Addressing the conference, Zarif also said Syria is facing a "new wave" of US intervention, where Washington is still pursuing geo-economic interests in the Arab country.

Russia and Iran have both been offering Syria advisory military help upon request from the Syrian government.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Zarif said Russia can play a key role in bringing about a "paradigm shift" in the Persian Gulf region through its rising influence in the Middle East.

"With Russia's sober strategic perspective and its growing influence in West Asia, it can play an instrumental role to help a paradigm shift in the Persian Gulf to one based on dialogue and inclusion," the top Iranian diplomat added.

Zarif and his Russian opposite number Sergei Lavrov also held talks on the sidelines of the Valdai Club Conference.

During the Monday meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.

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