Iran's Top Security Official Demands: Regional Cooperation to Confront Threats
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili on Tuesday asked the regional states to maintain vigilance and intensify collective cooperation in confronting common threats, Tabnak reported.
Speaking at a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Jalili reminded the recent moves by a number of the western countries, particularly the U.S., in the region, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, and stressed, "Regional countries should not pay the costs of the United States' wrongdoings and mistakes."
"The regional government should, with full vigilance, cooperate to confront common threats and secure stability and tranquility," Jalili said.
As regards the bilateral ties, Jalili underlined the necessity for strengthening the bilateral relations and regional cooperation between Tehran and Masqat.
Bin Alawi, for his part, lauded the brotherly ties between the two Muslim nations, and voiced Masqat's willingness to further expand ties and regional interactions with Iran based on the two sides' common views and interests.
On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged expansion of cooperation between Iran and Asian countries in a variety of fields.
In separate meetings with foreign ministers of Oman, Bangladesh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Brunei, the Iranian chief executive welcomed expanding ties with Asian countries.
"The enhancement of cooperation between Iran and Oman would be to the interest of both countries and the region as well," President Ahmadinejad told Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.
The Omani official, for his part, welcomed relations with the Islamic Republic and conveyed the message of Omani king to the Iranian president.
In a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, the Iranian chief executive described ties with Bangladesh as "brotherly" and welcomed the prospect of expanding bilateral ties in various areas.
The minister, in return, pointed out that Bangladesh embraces cooperation with Iran, in particular in the fields of trade and industry.
In the meeting with Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yeo, President Ahmadinejad said that both countries shared common views on international issues.
Yeo, for his part, said that Singapore was ready to further expand its Iran ties, especially in economic sectors.
The Iranian president also told Sri Lanka's foreign minister that the two countries were keen to enhance their cooperation to the maximum level.
In President Ahmadinejad's meeting with the Tajik minister, both officials agreed that bilateral cooperation between the two states would help establish greater security in the region.
In talks with the foreign minister of Brunei, the two officials discussed regional developments of bilateral cooperation as well.
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) gathering in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Established in 2002, the ACD is a continent-wide forum that aims to consolidate Asian strengths and help integrate other regional cooperation organizations.