• Mon / 11 November 2019 / 16:25
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 98082012803
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Tehran, Riyadh two important actors in all regional issues: Deputy FM Araqchi

عباس عراقچی

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian deputy Foreign Minister, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that all the countries in the region are considering the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) initiative, stressing that Iran and Saudi Arabia are two important actors in all regional issues and should resolve their disputes through negotiations.

“The HOPE initiative are being reviewed by all regional countries and the other relevant international parties and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has sent letters to heads of the Persian Gulf littoral states in this regard,” Araqchi told Sputnik.

“We will continue our negotiations and contacts with neighboring countries and all relevant parties to explain all aspects of the initiative in order to implement the plan and bring peace, stability and security to the Persian Gulf region,” he said.

Answering a question about the mediation between Tehran and Riyadh, Araqchi said, “Iran and Saudi Arabia are two important and prominent actors in all regional issues and the two countries should resolve their disputes peacefully through positive and constructive dialogue. We welcome any mediation but unfortunately, Saudi Arabia so far has not expressed the same view as ours and has not responded positively to these efforts”.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the official said, “Iran is holding talks with former and current parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the possibility of new meetings, but no concrete results have manifested so far”.

"There are countries that are seeking to hold new meetings of current and former members of the nuclear agreement. We are consulting and negotiating with these countries in this regard, but so far [we] have not reached a specific outcome," Araqchi said.

He added that Iran welcomed the efforts of the JCPOA signatories "to resolve current issues."

Araqchi also referred to INSTEX and said, “Iran considers the European Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a tool set up to facilitate trade with Tehran under Washington's sanctions but the system has not been fully implemented so far”.

"This financial system has been suggested too late and [it] operates at a low level. It has not been yet fully implemented," he noted.

The official also stressed that this system "will be successful if the Europeans buy oil from Iran, as Iran's main export to Europe is oil.

“If not, there will be not a large amount of money left for trade in accordance with this tool.”

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