UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that there was no need for foreign forces to ensure the security and stability of the Gulf region.
Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting that the countries of the region can maintain their security “through unity, cohesion and dialogue,” the official IRNA news agency reported.
He continued: “The goal of the major powers, especially the United States, in this region is only to sow division and empty the treasury of Islamic countries and the region.”
“The Persian Gulf countries can maintain security and stability in the region side by side, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is always ready to establish friendly and fraternal relations with all Islamic countries, especially its neighbors.”
Rouhani stressed that “all that is said regarding the new coalition in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman is empty and unrealistic,” noting that “these slogans, will not help to bring security in the region even if implemented.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, along with the coastal states of this historic Gulf, is ready to maintain regional security, as it has done throughout history,” he said.
On Israel’s announcement of its readiness to participate in an international force to protect Gulf security, Rowhani commented: “The answer to these allegations is clear, if the Israelis were able to maintain their security where they are.”
He added: “They (Israelis) provoke insecurity, murder and assassination wherever they are.”
The United States is seeking an international coalition aimed at ensuring free shipping in the Gulf.
Britain agreed to join, but other European countries – especially Germany – were conservative for fear of being drawn into all-out conflict.
Last week, Israel announced that it would participate in the US-called coalition to protect ships in the Gulf region.
Tension escalated in the region on July 19, after Iran announced the detention of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, “to violate regulations related to traffic,” hours after the announcement of a court in Gibraltar, the extension of the detention of an Iranian oil tanker for 30 days.
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