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Envoy: Multilateralism to Boost Development in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN Iranian Ambassador to Ecuador Saadat Aqajani, in a meeting with Ecuadorian elites, said that multi-sided policies and cooperation can contribute to security and progress in the region.

Addressing an expert meeting which was held in Iran embassy in presence of Ecuadorian professors, diplomats, media people and managers of think-tanks on the situation in the region and the US intervention, Aqajani said on Saturday that multilateralism, collective wisdom and South-South cooperation are vital for achieving stability and development in the region.

During the meeting, he stressed the importance of discussing the Persian Gulf issue with those figures who can help resolve the regional problems with their thoughts.

Elaborating on the causes and roots of the imposed crisis on the Persian Gulf and also Iran stance toward this crisis, Iranian envoy emphasized that since President Trump took office, the US has shown various violent behaviors over the last two years.

He referred to US attempt to create war coalition with neighboring countries, withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signing big arms contracts aiming to turn the region into a big bomb, imposing sanctions against Iran which are the economic terrorism, more military presence in the region, using psychological, intelligence and cyber war against Iran and breaching the territorial integrity and political borders as some of the problems in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

Pulling out of the international and bilateral commitments, imposing trade tariffs which have resulted in war of tariffs against some important countries like China, Russia and Iran, imposing sanctions against countries that are not under the US control, creating regional coalitions aiming to develop US policies, adopting ant-immigration policies against Latin America are examples the US transgressed the International Law and the Charter of the United Nations, Aqajani noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Iranian diplomat described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as one of the main road-blocks on achieving stability in the region, saying he was after annulling the JCPOA since the very beginning.

He also criticized Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their position against regional interests.

Aqajani said that the US re-imposed sanctions in violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

He said that mutual understanding and respecting sovereignty equality of the states will be vital as well as putting null and void on sanctions will lead to fair negotiations.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has been ratcheting up tensions with Iran since May 2018, when he unilaterally withdrew America from a deal with Iran. Washington has since been imposing rounds of sanctions on Tehran and its trade partners.

Tensions have also been running high in the region since early May this year, when the US ordered the accelerated deployment of a strike group to the Persian Gulf, citing an alleged threat from Iran.

A week later, four oil tankers were allegedly sabotaged in the Emirati port of Fujairah. In early June, two other oil tankers were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. The US blamed both incidents on Iran. Tehran denied any involvement and said the incidents were suspicious, an indication that it believed the US may have been staging a false flag.

On June 20, a US spy drone and another, crewed aircraft entered Iranian airspace. Iranian air defense forces shot the drone down but chose not to target the craft with the crew.

Later, the UK seized a supertanker carrying Iranian oil near Gibraltar, alleging that it was violating unilateral European Union (EU) sanctions by carrying crude for Syria. While Iran denied that the ship was bound for Syria, it condemned the seizure.

Tehran later impounded a British-flagged ship in the Strait of Hormuz for failing to stop after hitting an Iranian fishing boat, a violation of international maritime rules.

London has since called for the formation of a European-led mission to the Persian Gulf to ensure safe passage in the region. Washington has also announced its own separate plans to form an international military coalition in the Persian Gulf.

Britain and the US have yet to provide specific plans for the announced missions.

On Tuesday, Moscow dismissed Washington's plan for a maritime coalition, publishing its own concept of collective security seeking to lessen tensions in the volatile maritime region. According to the document, the initiative seeks to create a mechanism whereby Persian Gulf security would be ensured by the mutual cooperation of regional nations while disavowing permanent foreign military presence.

Source: Fars News Agency