“We, Muslim countries of the region (the Middle East), have various religious, cultural, political, and geographical commonalities,” Zarif said in an article published in four Arabic-language newspapers- al-Shorouk (Egypt), As-Safir (Lebanon), Al Rai (Kuwait), and Al-Sharq- on Monday.
Therefore, Zarif added, regional countries have all the means required for constructive cooperation that would benefit all the people in the region and world.
The Iranian minister went on to say that the challenges in the Middle East are so “serious” that “the vital cooperation in the fight against the roots of unrest in the region” should not be undermined by ethnic and personal conflicts.
“We should not expect that our problems will be resolved by those who have played a basic role in the creation of such problems,” Zarif added.
“This is a unique opportunity for interaction, and people rightfully expect us not to waste it,” he stressed.
In similar remarks on July 17, Zarif had underlined that the successful conclusion of talks between Iran and six world powers over its peaceful nuclear program can help promote cooperation among regional countries.
“Undoubtedly, with the diplomatic settlement of a fabricated crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, a suitable opportunity has been provided for regional and international cooperation,” Zarif said in a message to foreign ministers of Muslim countries.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).