Iran to hold direct talks with Arab Gulf in September

Talks ‘will be held in a neutral country or in the region’ and will focus on Yemen, Syria

Iran to hold direct talks with Arab Gulf in September

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran is going to to hold talks with the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Syria and Yemen in September, claims a high ranking Iranian foreign ministry official.

Trend news agency reported, that initiators of the talks between Arab countries and Iran over regional crisis are Oman and Qatar, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossain Amir-Abdollahian said. The meeting scheduled for September 22. 

There have been no comments from the GCC in this regard so far, but after Iran signed a nuclear agreement with world powers last month Oman's foreign minister Yousuf Bin Alawi notified that a meeting between Iran and the Gulf states could take place before the end of the year.

"It is possible that by the end of the year, there will be direct talks between the states of the GCC and Iran, as well as other parties … to entrench the idea of security and stability in the region. This can be achieved with a clear agreement in which no one comes out defeated," he said. 

Abdollahian said Friday that talks with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would be held in a country in the region or a neutral location. 

The reports come amid intensified regional diplomatic activity with regards to the civil war in Syria. Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have all been involved with peace initiatives and shuttling between regional capitals to find a solution. Iran expects to put forward to the UN its own peace initiative for Syria in the coming days.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ağustos 2015, 17:34