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October 16, 2019
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Iran offers Gulf Arab neighbours to sign non-aggression pact  

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has proposed his country Gulf neighbours to sign a non-aggression pact with them/

Javad Zarif said that Tehran will defend itself against any military or economic aggression.

Speaking in a news conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Ali al-Hakim on Sunday, Zarif said his country wanted to build balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours.

He also chose the occasion to press European states to do more to preserve a nuclear deal his country signed with them.

On the occasion, Iraqi Foreign Minister said that Iraq was willing to act as an intermediary between its neighbour and the United States.

He added that Baghdad does not believe an “economic blockade” is fruitful – a reference to US sanctions.

“We are saying very clearly and honestly that we oppose the unilateral actions taken by the United States. We stand with the Islamic Republic of Iran in its position,” al-Hakim said.

The minister said that Iraq was to help and to be mediators, adding that Baghdad will work to reach a satisfactory solution” while stressing that Iraq stands against unilateral steps taken by Washington.

The mediation offer echoed one made on Saturday by Mohamad al-Halbousi, the Iraqi parliament speaker. Hakim also expressed concern for Iran’s spiralling economy.

The sanctions against sisterly Iran are ineffective and we stand by its side.