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Iranian President Blames Foreign Deployment for Insecurities in Region

TEHRAN Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the military buildup of the trans-regional states as the main contributor to instability and insecurity in the region.

"Presence of foreign forces renders no help to regional security, but is the root cause of tension," President Rouhani said in a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in Tehran on Sunday.

The president affirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always tried to help ensure safety of free shipping in the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Strait of Hormuz.

He emphasized that Iran and Oman have always cooperated to resolve regional issues, and took positive steps hand in hand.

President Rouhani said that efforts to stop massacre of civilians in Yemen and prepare the ground for Syria reconstruction and return of the refugees to the country should be prioritized in the region, urging cooperation on sending humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people who are in need of food and medicine.

He expressed deep concern over extensive violence being perpetrated by the Israeli leaders against Palestinians and demolition of their homes, saying, "Dangerous and unwarranted decision for the future of Palestine, known as the Deal of the Century, is worrisome."

The president emphasized that Iran has never been the initiator of tension in the region, and the current tensions are rooted in the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the illusions of Washington.

He condemned the seizure of the tanker carrying Iranian crude by Britain, and said, "Iran will stand against any form of lawbreaking act that threatens the security of traffic in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman."

Bin Alawi, for his part, said that establishing real and sustainable security in the region will be impossible without Iranian contribution.

He said that today the region is passing through fabricated and proxy crises.

The top Omani diplomat said that Tehran and Masqat, despite all challenges they are facing, should try hard toward establishing sustainable security and stability in the region.

The foreign minister also emphasized that Iran and Oman have fraternal relations, and their cooperation in various fields, particularly investment and trade, are on the rise.

Iran and Oman have had good political and economic relations from old times and the ties have even expanded in recent years due to extended banking cooperation between the two countries.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Omani counterpart in a meeting in Tehran on Saturday reviewed the latest developments in bilateral relations and regional and international issues.

During the meeting, the two top diplomats discussed the trend of cooperation between the two countries, stressing the importance of continued consultations between Tehran and Masqat.

Source: Fars News Agency