Iran regrets neighbors seek conflict, tensions - Zarif
Iran regrets that its neighbors seek conflict and tensions, thereby undermining stability and order in the region, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday.
"We regret the fact that some in our region continue to see conflict and tension as a possibility for them to engage in policies that have proven counterproductive and in fact destructive of regional stability and global order," Zarif told a press conference on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The minister expressed hope that everyone would start "listening to the voice of reason and engages in common struggle that we all need against the common enemy." He also noted that Iran proved last year that diplomacy worked, and the reaching of Iran deal was the best example of this.
"We have moved from a very difficult period in our history and shown that we can make diplomacy work through engagement and mutual respect and based on attempting to see to see the interest of everybody and see the interest of everybody either imposing or accepting submission," Zarif said, stressing that the Iran deal was a big victory for diplomacy.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed last July by Iran and six world powers - Russia, the United States, China, France, Britain, and Germany - to guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The European Union, the United Nations and partially the United States lifted Saturday their sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehran's compliance with the nuclear agreement.