TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan referred to foreign interventions and emergence of extremists as some of the challenges facing the West Asia region today, stressing that a security-oriented approach is needed to resolve regional issues.

Addressing the International Conference on Regional Security Order in West Asia in Tehran on Sunday, Dehqan noted that under present circumstances, security is the main concern of countries in the West Asia region.

He said the correct understanding of international environment and management of the existing conflicts are among the requisites for the establishment of collective security in the region.

Dehqan further stressed that the Middle East has not seen peace since the creation of the fake Zionist regime in the occupied lands, which has been the source of a continued crisis across the region.

The Iranian minister then elaborated on the main challenges facing regional countries for the establishment of peace and security, noting that Middle Eastern states are currently facing four challenges in this regard.

Dehqan mentioned inefficiency of national governments for establishment of security within their borders; emergence of extremist and violent groups and currents across the region; interventionist policies followed by some regional powers, including Saudi Arabia, to stoke unrest and chaos in regional countries; and interventions by Western powers, especially the United States, as the main challenges that currently bar establishment of peace and security in the restive region of Middle East.

He added that Iran is among those countries which seek stability and security in the West Asia region through basic reforms and aim to create an Islamic and anti-West order.

“This order will be against the West’s intervention in the management of regional disputes and demands respect for integrity and national sovereignty of countries. This order will also isolate Israel in the region while greatly bolstering the resistance front, and seeks to improve relations among regional countries through a stabilizing and security-building approach,” Dehqan said.

The Iranian minister added that to achieve this goal, countries must take a “security-oriented” approach to regional issues in the coming years, which must also include attention to economic issues.