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13:57 | 2013-06-10

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian Deputy FM: Regional States' Cooperation Guarantees Security in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ramin Mehman-Parast called for the pull-out of the trans-regional troops from the region, and underlined that cooperation among the regional states can guarantee the security of the region.

"We believe that the regional states can provide for their interests through sympathy and cooperation," Mehman-Parast said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Monday.

"We are after stability and security in the region which serves the interests of all regional states and it will be materialized through cooperation," he added.

Mehman-Parast described the military buildup of the trans-regional states as counterproductive to regional security, and said, "The regional states should strive to establish peace, security and stability in the region and we believe that the pullout of foreign forces from the region is in the interest of all the regional countries."

Iranian officials have repeatedly warned the trans-regional states, specially the US, to pull their troops and warships out of the Persian Gulf, underlining the necessity for the establishment of security in the Persian Gulf through extensive and all-out cooperation among the regional states.

In relevant remarks in October, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the trans-regional forces as the source of insecurity in the region, the Persian Gulf in particular, and stressed that the regional countries can maintain peace away from foreign interference.

Addressing a ceremony honoring the Iranian Navy in the Southern province of Hormozgan, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Persian Gulf has been threatened at points only when outside militaries appeared in the region, otherwise the Persian Gulf has always enjoyed complete security.

"Aliens, proclaiming (efforts) to establish security in the Persian Gulf, with any motivation and under any pretext whatsoever, can never achieve success," he added.