Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

Iran is taking the initiative to create a coalition to secure the Gulf with the participation of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq and Qatar

BAGHDAD, The Iranian government has launched an initiative to form an international coalition to ensure security in the Gulf region, which includes Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait under the auspices of the United Nations.

"This Alliance should in principle include Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and possibly Yemen," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a working breakfast with reporters at UN headquarters in New York before the start of the UN General Assembly.

Zarif said: "We are not against the accession of Yemen to the coalition, but it is unclear at the moment what is happening there and supposed to work under the auspices of the United Nations."

Zarif confirmed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will announce the initiative in a speech to be delivered at the UN General Assembly on September 25.

The Iranian Foreign Minister indicated that he would then be prepared to clarify all the details of the plan to all the countries concerned with this proposal.

Zarif said that "this initiative is a change of direction from the vision of buying security to rely on the people of the region itself and cooperation among them, because it is the pillar of regional security and without it will be security an illusion far to reach."

During his participation in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, the Iranian President announced that he would propose to establish an alliance to ensure the security of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, based on cooperation among the countries of the region.

The unveiling of the initiative comes as the United States is working on its own plan to form a military alliance that is supposed to include more than 50 countries, including Israel, to ensure the security of navigation in the Gulf waters against the backdrop of increasing incidents related to oil tankers in the region, in addition to escalating tensions. Tehran, on the one hand, and Washington and its allies, especially Riyadh, on the other, especially after the attack on two vital Aramco oil facilities on September 14.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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