In phone conversation with Qatari emir
President Rouhani: Only Political talks can settle regional problems
EghtesadOnline: President Hassan Rouhani underlined in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Monday evening, while congratulating him on Eid al-Adha, underlined the need for cooperation among regional and Persian Gulf states.
'The regional issues should be resolved and settled by the regional countries and merely through political negotiations, dialogue and understanding,' President Rouhani said during the telephone conversation.
'The Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort in establishing and promoting such a process and everyone must make efforts in this area,” he added.
According to IRNA, President Rouhani pointed to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism in the region, and said, 'Unfortunately, the region is not in a favorable situation and we are all duty-bound to make efforts to save Muslims from terrorism, establish stability in the region and reinforce fraternity among Muslims.”
The Qatari emir, for his part, said that Qatar and Iran have always maintained cordial and deep-rooted relations, adding, 'Qatar welcomes expansion of relations with Iran in all fields.'
He said that the two countries should make use of their relations to resolve complicated and difficult problems in the region, adding, 'The Islamic Republic of Iran plays an influential role in regional developments which also serves Qatar’s interests.'
The Qatari emir underlined the importance of improving dialogue between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states, and said, 'The existing problems must be settled by regional states and not foreign powers.'
He added that interaction among countries in the region would undoubtedly serve the interests of regional people who are going through tough times in fighting terrorism.