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‘Tehran will welcome cooperation with S. Arabia to solve regional crises’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA2(90).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said Iran, along with other regional countries, is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to resolve crises in the region.
 
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham made the remarks during her weekly press conference on Wednesday.
 
Resolving regional crises through consultations is an effective strategy and Iran and Saudi Arabia have an important status in this regard, Afkham said.
 

Iran urges world to respond to Israel
 
She stated that Iran supports the Palestinians’ resistance in the Gaza Strip and called on the international community to respond firmly to the Zionist regime’s actions in Gaza.
 
She expressed hope that practical actions would be taken to halt the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip.
 
On Tuesday, Israel resumed attacks on Gaza as the talks which were being held in Egypt for a long-term cease-fire broke down. Since Tuesday, 19 Gazans have been killed.
 
At least 21 people, including 14 women and children, were also wounded in a strike that hit a building housing the offices of Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV station in Gaza.
 
In Israel’s war on besieged Gaza, which started on July 8, more than 2000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and thousands more injured. About half a million people have also been made homeless.
 

Iran-IAEA cooperation is “forward looking”
 
Commenting on the IAEA director’s trip to Iran, Afkham said the cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency is “forward looking” and on “the path of progress”.
 
IAEA director Yukiya Amano held talks in Tehran on Sunday with senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani. 
 
The talks primarily focused on cooperation between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.
 
Afkham described Amano’s trip as constructive and expressed hope that the IAEA would prevent political issues affecting the cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.
 

European foreign ministers to visit Iran 
 
The spokeswoman also said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to visit some European countries and some of the European countries’ foreign ministers will also visit Iran within the next two weeks.
 
Commenting on the crisis in Iraq, she said Iran opposes any military intervention in the country.

Iran holding talks with European states on ISIL acts in Iraq 
 
She added Iran is holding talks with other countries including some European states on the issue of terrorism including the horrific acts of ISIL in Iraq.
 
On sending humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the Foreign Ministry official said the issue is being pursued through Iran’s interest section in Egypt.
 
Israel controls air, land and sea in the Gaza Strip and prevents the shipment of aid to the war-stricken people. Now the Rafah border crossing, controlled by Egypt, is the only way to send aid to the coastal strip.
 
NA/PA

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