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H.H the Amir receives Iran Foreign Minister, first visit since Nuclear deal
July 27, 2015, 8:38 am
HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Seif Palace, Sunday.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah received Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al- Hamad Al-Sabah who was accompanied by Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif at Seif Palace on Sunday. The meeting was attended by Deputy Amiri Diwan Minister advisor Mohammad Dhaifallah Sharar. Earlier, Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled held official talks with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister.

The talks shed light on bilateral ties, common issues and the latest regional and international developments. They also discussed the landmark deal on Iran’s nuclear program with the permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany. On the Kuwaiti side, the meeting was attended by acting Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Jamal Abdullah Al- Ghanim, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iran Majdi Al-Dhefiri, head of protocol department at the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Dhari Ajran Al-Ajran and Office Manager of Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ambassador Saleh Salem Al- Loghani. On the Iranian side, the meeting was attended by Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs Hussain Amir-Abdollahian and Iranian Ambassador in Kuwait Reza Enayati.

Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign minister called on Gulf Arab neighbours to cooperate against the common threat of “terrorism, extremism and sectarianism”, but insisted that Tehran’s regional policy will not change. “Our message to the countries of the region is that we should cooperate to face the common threat,” Zarif told reporters after meeting Kuwaiti officials on his first foreign trip since the nuclear deal with world powers. “Iran has always supported the people of this region in confronting the common threat which is terrorism, extremism and sectarianism,” he said.

However, Zarif also insisted that in order to spur cooperation in the region, it was up to other states to change their policies, not the Islamic republic. “What is needed is not a change in Iranian policy but a change in the policy of some countries that want conflict and war in this region,” Zarif said in a direct reference to Iran’s main regional rival Saudi Arabia, but without naming it. Since the end of March, Riyadh has led an air campaign against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. Zarif also denied as “baseless” claims by the Gulf state of Bahrain that it had detained two men for trying to smuggle weapons from Iran. “I openly say the (Bahraini) claims are totally wrong,” he said.

“The timing of the announcement is an attempt to prevent any progress in cooperation between Iran and other Gulf states,” Zarif said. Bahrain’s interior ministry said late Saturday the two were arrested aboard a boat with machineguns, ammunition and C4 explosives, adding that the arms originated in Iran. Zarif’s tour will also take him to Qatar and Iraq, but he is not visiting Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, two key coalition members in the war against the Yemeni rebels.

The Iranian minister also strongly attacked the war in Yemen and called for an immediate ceasefire and dialogue. The nuclear accord between Iran and Western powers, struck on July 14, imposes certain controls on Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of crippling economic sanctions. Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia have been quick to voice concern about the agreement, which will see a progressive easing of international sanctions on Iran in place since 2006. They fear that the deal could bolster their Shiite-dominated adversary, which stand.

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