Abu Dhabi (IP) - The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says that cooperation and convergence should replace hostility to overcome the existing challenges in the Persian Gulf region.

Iran PressIran news: Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nahyan, on Thursday.

Underlining Iran's unchanging foreign policy strategy in comprehensive, continuous, and constructive cooperation with its neighbors, the Iranian official stated that in order to overcome the existing challenges, the continuation of which is not in the interest of any country in the region, hostility and divergence should be replaced by cooperation and convergence.

He called the existence of differences and mistrust among the countries of the Persian Gulf region a serious hindrance to the economic development of the region and said: "We should try to increase the security, peace and well-being of the people of the region through dialogue and interaction and expanding political, security, economic and cultural cooperation as well as preventing foreigners from playing a non-constructive role."

Calling all the countries of the region members of a big family, Shamkhani added: "Family disputes must be resolved through dialogue, goodwill and tolerance so that we can all move towards creating a strong and developed region based on collective participation."

"The exchange of economic, commercial and investment capacities is one of the main priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its neighbors," he noted.


The Iranian official referred to his visit to Abu Dhabi as a turning point for the two countries to begin a new stage of political, economic, and security relations considering the suitable platforms that have been created for the development of relations between Iran and the UAE.

Sheikh Tahnoon, for his part, said that cooperation and friendship with the great and powerful country of Iran are very important for the UAE.

Congratulating the recent agreement reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he added that the agreement has a constructive role in promoting peace, stability, and sustainable security in the region.

"Enhancing relations between Abu Dhabi and Tehran is among the priorities of the UAE," the Emirati official pointed out.

Sheikh Tahnoon referred to his visit to Tehran and stressed the need to activate the agreements reached and also to speed up the process of exchanging economic capacities between the two countries in the fields of banking, transit, energy, transportation, healthcare, and investment.

He also expressed hope that Shamkhani's trip to Abu Dhabi would become a turning point in the two countries relations and lead to the acceleration of the promotion of Tehran-Abu Dhabi cooperation.

Heading a high economic, banking, and security delegation, Ali Shamkhani left Tehran for Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning.


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