Breaking: Iran rejects Saudi accusations in PGCC’s name, calls for dialogue
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has reacted to a statement of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), saying what the West Asia presently needs is dialogue, and not accusations made by Saudi Arabia in the council’s name.
“Saudi Arabia, in the name of the PGCC, has issued a statement and made accusations against Iran,” he wrote in Arabic on his Twitter page.
“As for Iran, it recently responded to the message of the Emir of Qatar [Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani], which the country’s foreign minister [Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani] carried to Tehran, stressing the necessity of regional dialogue.”
“Our region is currently in need of dialogue, and the establishment of comprehensive regional arrangements is deemed essential more than ever,” Khatibzadeh added.
At the end of the 147th session of the PGCC Ministerial Council in the Saudi capital Riyadh on March 17, the Secretary General of the regional bloc, Nayef al-Hajraf, said the group stands with Saudi Arabia in all measures it takes to preserve its security.
The PGCC statement also backed the UAE’s claims to the three Iranian islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Bu Musa in the Persian Gulf.
The strategically-positioned islands have always been part of Iran, the proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world.