TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tehran embraces the Kuwaiti prime minister’s proposal for regional dialogue and cooperation, hoping that Kuwait could convince the reluctant parties to engage in talks as well.

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Asked about Iran’s stance on the recent remarks by Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah about regional dialogue for the settlement of tensions, Saeed Khatibzadeh said Iran welcomes such a proposal.

“We think we’d be able to hold inclusive dialogue as soon as possible in the Persian Gulf region among the regional countries for stability and peace in the region,” he added. 

The spokesman said Iran has already proposed initiatives for regional dialogue mechanisms, including the Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) put forward by President Hassan Rouhani.

Khatibzadeh said the principles of such negotiations have been specified in the previous initiatives, calling for “political determination” to implement them.

Iran hopes that the government of Kuwait would be able to persuade other countries that are not interested in holding talks to support its proposal.

Iran has always favored plans for regional dialogue and will continue to do so, he emphasized.

Addressing the 75th UN General Assembly, the Kuwaiti PM invited Iran to dialogue and cooperation with Arab countries to end regional tensions.

“Kuwait once again calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to take serious measures to build trust in order to start talks based on respect for the sovereignty of countries and non-interference in the internal affairs of these countries,” he said.