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Iran proposes in the UN dialogue and end with the “hegemonic illusions”

Ⓒ AFP – HECTOR RETAMAL – | Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called for talks on regional security

Iran on Tuesday invited the Gulf countries to begin talks on regional security, and told the United Nations that it is time to move away from the “hegemonic illusions” that have fueled devastating wars.

At a UN meeting on peacekeeping, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif proposed the creation of a “regional dialogue forum”.

“We invite our neighbors in this volatile channel, which has seen too many wars, to join us in this effort,” Zarif added.

The proposal came as US President Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Washington to discuss Iran’s behavior in the Persian Gulf region.

Trump threatens to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal reached with Iran unless his concerns about Tehran’s missile program and military role in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon are addressed.

“Everywhere, no matter where you go in the Middle East, you see the footprints of Iran,” Trump said at a press conference with Macron at the White House.

Before the UN General Assembly, Zarif said that “the advance of hegemonic illusions or the attempt to achieve security at the expense of the insecurity of others” had caused conflict, in an apparent reference to his archrival Saudi Arabia.

The chancellor said that it is crucial “now to move to a new paradigm based on the combination of forces … instead of any of us looking to be the strongest in our region.”

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supports Hezbollah militias in Lebanon and supports Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are battled by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

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