May 23, 2020 15:39 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 23, 2020 19:22 Asia/Tehran]
  • Regional security can only be protected by regional countries: Rouhani

There is no way but cooperation among the countries in the region to establish security and stability, Iranian President said during a phone call with Qatari counterpart. 

Iran Press/Iran news: During a phone call with the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the expansion of relations and cooperation between Iran and Qatar is important for the two nations.

He added, "Despite the conditions made by the coronavirus outbreak, economic relations between the two countries should be reactivated under health protocols."

The President expressed hope that the joint economic commission of the two countries would speed up the Tehran-Doha interaction and remove obstacles, and that the transfer of goods through the ports of the two countries would be gradually resumed and flights between the two countries would resume.

Referring to Qatar's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup,  Rouhani declared Iran's readiness to provide any kind of assistance to Qatar to better host the world cup, and added, "In this regard, Iran is also ready to provide infrastructure and meet the needs."

In another part of his conversation with the Emir of Qatar, the President emphasized that the security of the region is very important for us, saying, "Due to some US actions in different parts of the world, it has created unacceptable conditions, but we never initiate escalation of tensions and conflict."

"If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face any problems caused by the Americans, they will face problems as well,"  Rouhani said, referring to the Americans' actions in the Caribbean.

Emphasizing that Iran will never be the initiator of any conflict, the President added, "We have always considered the legitimate right to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity and to serve our national interests, and we hope that the Americans will not make a mistake."

Rouhani highlighted, "We see the current situation in the world as a special condition for joint cooperation, especially with the spread of this disease, but unfortunately, the United States continues its wrong decisions and inhumane behavior."

"As in the past, we emphasize that the security of our region, especially maritime security in the region, is provided by the countries of the region, and we have always stated our readiness to cooperate more with our neighbors," he said.

Rouhani congratulated the government and people of Qatar on the arrival of Eid al-Fitr and expressed hope that the relations and cooperation between the two countries would be further developed.

In this telephone call, the Emir of Qatar congratulated the government and people of Iran on Eid al-Fitr and emphasized the development of relations with Iran in all fields and said, "I personally pay special attention to economic relations between the two countries, and this is a priority for Qatar."

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed hope that with the joint economic meeting of the two countries, economic and trade relations between Iran and Qatar would be further developed.

The Emir of Qatar also stressed, "Qatar's firm position is that the security of the region must be achieved through the cooperation of all countries in the region, and we, as the countries of the region, must work together to ensure the security of the region's waterways."

Sheikh Tamim added, "We are against any tension and we will do our best to reduce tensions."

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