Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran proposed a non-aggression pact to its Gulf Arab neighbors and looked forward to having balanced relations with its neighbors.
Iran’s foreign minister said that Iran urged European states to act more to preserve a nuclear deal they signed with Iran in 2015 and stressed that his country would be capable of defending itself against any military or economic aggression.
“Iran sought to build balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbors and had proposed a non-aggression pact to them,” Javad Zarif spoke in a press conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Ali al-Hakim on Sunday.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali al-Hakim said that Iraq is willing to take part as a mediator between its neighbor and the United States.
Ali al-Hakim stated that Baghdad is trying to help and to be a mediator and will seek to find a compromise while stressing that Iraq stands against unilateral steps taken by the US.
“The sanctions against sisterly Iran are ineffective and we stand by its side,” Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim, Iraqi Foreign Minister stated on Sunday.
United States President Donald J. Trump re-imposed the sanctions against Tehran in 2019, crippling Iran’s economy and the purchasing power of its people who make up the bulk of millions of Shia around the world who come to Iraq every year to visit Shia shrines and holy places.
Speaking about the rising tensions with Washington, the foreign minister said that Iran would be more than capable of facing the war, whether it is economic or military through the steadfastness and its forces.
According to the Iraqi presidential office, Iraqi President Barham Salih had a meeting with Javad Zarif discussing the need to prevent all war or escalation.