Iran for friendly ties with neighboring countries: Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said Iran has been following establishment of friendly relations with its neighboring countries for the last 35 years, IRNA reported.
'If we do not together try to establish security in the region, we have to live in a difficult environment,' he said in an interview broadcast by the Lebanon-based Almayadeen satellite TV network on Monday.
'Gone is the time when security could be purchased. Today, cooperation is required to establish security,' he added.
Saying that Iran has always streched its arms for cooperation, he reminded that Tehran has never attempted to sideline Saudi Arabia in the region.
He noted that unfortunately the Saudis based on their relations with major powers, think they can detach Iran from the region.
Zarif stressed that neighboring countries top Iran's agenda on regional security and stability and said, 'We are ready to settle the problems of the region and urge our friends to join us in this endeavor.'
On the crisis in Syria, he said that some countries have equipped terrorist groups with money, arms and safe passage and that the only way out of the crisis is the political process based on the Syrian people's demands.
Also on developments in Egypt, Zarif said Tehran and Cairo while participating in numerous international arenas, have certain differences which he hoped can be solved with the prudence of Egyptian leaders.
Regarding his recent round of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland, Zarif said, 'In Geneva, we negotiated with US only about the nuclear issue.'
The Iranian foreign minister also referred to the friendly ties between Iran and Oman and said, 'We would like our relations with all neighbors to resemble those with Oman.'