Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia is seeking to convene an Iranian-Arab conference whose agenda will include the most pressing regional issues, including the Yemeni conflict and Tehran’s missile program.
Today, Friday, in response to a question from an RT Arabic correspondent during a press conference about the results of the work of Russian diplomacy in 2021, Lavrov expressed Moscow’s opposition to the West’s attempts to impose additional conditions for the resumption of the nuclear agreement with Iran, including, in particular, imposing restrictions on Tehran’s missile program and regarding the behavior of the Islamic Republic. in the region.
He continued, “We strongly opposed this, and if this approach prevailed, it was not fair, because the talk revolved around the complete resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was ratified by the UN Security Council in its original version after the Trump administration withdrew from it.”
The minister pointed out that the international powers were eventually able to agree to follow this approach, which was supported by Russia, adding: “As for the missile program and behavior in the region, our position is that there are many complaints from all countries in the region and beyond about each other.”
He continued, “There are countries, each with interests outside its borders and a real impact on events in Syria, Libya, Djibouti and, of course, Yemen.”
Lavrov stressed that Russia has never stopped working on implementing its concept of collective security in the Gulf region, pointing out that Moscow and Tehran, during negotiating the resumption of the nuclear agreement, recognized the existence of a broader range of issues that cause concern to regional parties and their colleagues outside the region.
He said: “Let us discuss all these issues within the framework of holding a conference on security in the Gulf and a broader… Its scope should probably be broader now and include files such as Yemen and Iraq because all these matters are linked to each other.”
The minister suggested that such a conference would bring together Iranians and Arabs, and Iran in itself would not be a subject of discussion during it, but each party would put on the table its own concerns, including missiles that are not only owned by Iran but also developed by Arab countries, in addition to concerns related to Syria and Yemen. Iraq and other regional conflicts.
Lavrov noted that last fall Russia held a new scientific conference in the presence of experts from countries that are likely to participate in such a conference.
He continued, “Now work is underway to complete the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the Corona virus does not contribute to the success of these efforts either, but this conference is still among our priorities, and we realize that this initiative cannot be ignored.”
The minister pointed out that China and Iran have made similar initiatives, but the Russian concept is broader because it requires leaving behind the borders of the Gulf region and joining the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the League of Arab States and the European Union to the consultation.
As for the nuclear talks currently taking place in Vienna, Lavrov expressed Moscow’s optimism about them, saying that tangible progress had been made and Russia hoped to conclude an agreement.
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