Zarif Promotes Hormuz Peace Endeavor at MSC Meeting
EghtesadOnline: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday elaborated further on the Hormuz Peace Endeavor proposed by Iran, which is meant to ensure Persian Gulf security through the cooperation of regional governments.
He made the remark in a speech at a panel discussion of a Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Doha, which was co-hosted with the government of Qatar, the Foreign Ministry's website reported.
The Munich Security Conference, which is the world's leading forum for debating international security policy, has organized annual Core Group Meetings since 2009, according to the MSC website.
At the Core Group Meetings, an exclusive group of participants has the opportunity to discuss important topics of international security policy with regional and global actors. Meetings take place on a small scale at different locations across the world, according to Financial Tribune.
In addition to major international challenges, the focus is also on issues that are of particular importance in the respective regions.
Zarif focused his speech on the Hormuz Peace Endeavor, which was introduced by President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in September and aims to help defuse regional tensions, particularly in the Persian Gulf.
According to Rouhani, the plan explores various venues for cooperation, including the security of energy supply, freedom of navigation and free transfer of oil and other commodities to and from the Strait of Hormuz and beyond, based on the principles of mutual respect, non-aggression and non-interference.
The foreign minister held a number of bilateral meetings with senior officials on the sidelines of the event, including with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of German Parliament Norbert Rottgen.
During the meetings, bilateral issues and the latest developments in the region and the world were discussed.
MSC's main conference in February assembles hundreds of high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders from across the world, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, high-ranking representatives of industry, media, academia and civil society to engage in an intensive debate.
MSC's objective is to build trust and contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by sustaining a continuous, curated and informal dialogue within the international security community.
It provides a venue for official and non-official diplomatic initiatives and ideas to address the world's most pressing security concerns.