Salehi Hails HH the Emir’s Visit to Gaza

Doha, November 04 (QNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi praised HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s visit to the Gaza Strip, wishing the rest of Arab and Islamic countries to take the same step towards Gaza in order to end the blockade.
 In an interview with the Qatari daily (Al Watan), Salehi said that Iran views the visit from two angles, the human and the political dimensions.
 Salehi also hoped that Qatar will continue to support our brothers in Gaza.
 Iranian Foreign Minister said that the visit has significant political repercussions, wishing that such visits will continue to support the Palestinians in Gaza who live in difficult circumstances and in need for all possible help, whether political or humanitarian.
 Salehi stressed that Qatar proved in recent years that it is able to play a significant role in the regional issues.
 Regarding the relations between Qatar and Iran, he confirmed that the relations are very good despite the differences that may exist on some issues such as Syria, but this does not mean that these differences should be reflected on the bilateral relations, pointing out that during the past seven years there has been more than ten mutual visits between HH the Emir and the Iranian President to both countries as well as the meetings that took place on the sidelines of some international meetings and this is an evidence that bilateral political relations are in the best condition.
 As for his recent visit to Qatar, Salehi said that it is a regular visit and a week before the visit he held a telephone call with HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani and asked him to intervene for the release of the Iranian hostages held in Syria and his reaction was positive and promised that he would do everything possible for their release.
 He revealed that bilateral relations in various fields, the Syrian issue and the issue of hostages were discussed during his visit to Qatar and now they are in constant contact with Qatar, hoping to hear good news about the hostages held in Syria.
 On the Syrian crisis, the Iranian Minister said that the best way to solve it is through a dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.
 He believed that one of the results that could emerge from the meeting between the government and the opposition is the formation of a transitional government as agreed upon by the two sides, stressing his country’s encourage and welcoming to any meeting between the two parties.
 On the other hand, Salehi said that the opposition factions’ meeting among themselves to discuss the crisis by their vision is unuseful.
 Meanwhile, the Iranian official denied reports that his country sent volunteers to fight in defense of the Assad regime.

About the dispute between the government and the opposition in Bahrain, Iran’s Foreign Minister stressed his country’s respect to the sovereignty and independence of Bahrain, pointing out that Iran has nothing to do with the kind of governance in the Kingdom, calling on the Bahraini people and the government there to sit down together to resolve the outstanding issues.
 Regarding the dispute between his country and the United Arab Emirates on the Arab islands, Ali Akbar Salehi said that there is no need to resort to the international arbitration and the two countries can solve this issue. He also stressed that Iran-UAE relations at its best and this issue can be resolved through negotiations because there is a misunderstanding.
 Iran’s Foreign Minister denied having any intention to close the Strait of Hormuz in the event that his country subjected to any attack, stressing that any official position in Iran will only be issued by the Foreign Ministry. He pointed out that his country declared more than once that this strait belongs to all the countries bordering the Gulf.
 On Iran’s position after Iraq searched Iranian planes bound for Syria, Iran’s Foreign Minister expressed his country’s concern for this action, saying that this question should be directed to the Iraqi government.
 On the nuclear file, Ali Akbar Salehi pointed to a meeting between senior Iranian officials and Europeans, but the date and place have not set yet. But according to our estimates the meeting may be held during a month, he added.
 About the bombing of Yarmouk factory by Israel in Khartoum and Iran’s relationship to this factory, the Iranian official said that suppose that Iran has established a factory for the production of arms in Sudan, is this forbidden? This trade exists between countries and governments buy weapons from each other and this is normal.
 Salehi ruled out the possibility that this air strike is a rehearsal perhaps for an attack on Iran in the future. Iran’s Foreign Minister stressed that Israel fears the consequences that may occur as a result and his country will not stand idly. (QNA)