Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi met in Tehran on Monday evening with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani after holding talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
According to a statement issued by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Shamkhani said that Washington’s efforts to build a naval alliance in the Gulf States were failing. He added: “the only alliances, which can be permanent, i.e. provide security and solve problems, are those maintained apart from the interference and influence of external powers.”
Shamkhani went on, “it is not possible to trust a country which does not abide by its commitments with Iran and other countries,” in reference to the United States. He also accused Trump’s administration and other countries, which he did not name, of “seeking to plunder the region”. He also conveyed that those forces “are the ones who damaged the region’s security and stability the most, in addition to creating chaos and destruction in the region by igniting wars and endorsing terrorism. Therefore, these countries will not support any security or stability initiatives in the Gulf.
In the meeting, Shamkhani referred to the war in Yemen as “an evidence of the propensity of the aforementioned arrogant forces and their affiliates for igniting conflicts in the region,” calling on Saudi Arabia to “respect to the Yemenis’ will and not to endanger the security and stability of the region any further.”
“The ongoing genocide in Yemen serves only the interests of enemies of peace and security in the region such as the US and Israel,” the Iranian official stated.