US Blocking Dialogue Between Iran and Gulf States, Alleges Russia

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US is doing all it can to hamper any chance for dialogue between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries. — Xinhua file photo

‘It would be in our interest for Iran and the Arab states of the Gulf to establish a normal dialogue with each other, reach confidence-building agreements,” says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US is doing all it can to hamper any chance for dialogue between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries.

“It would be in our interest for Iran and the Arab states of the Gulf to establish a normal dialogue with each other, reach confidence-building agreements, establish transparency in military affairs, and generally develop cooperation,” Xinhua news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry citing Lavrov as saying on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, our US colleagues so far, at least the current administration, has done everything to prevent this dialogue from taking place,” he added.

The Minister further noted that Russia’s proposal on the collective security concept for the Persian Gulf area is also aimed at fostering dialogue between Iran and the Gulf states, and it is essential that no actions are taken to undermine these efforts. — IANS

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