Tehran, Oct 29, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman on Sunday proposed to the six member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) plus Iran and Iraq to sign a security cooperation treaty as the best way to defend security in the Persian Gulf.
Mohammad-Ali Hosseini made the proposal while speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman are the six members of the PGCC.
Asked about the military maneuvers that are to be held by the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Australia and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf next week, the spokesman said: "The PGCC states plus Iran and Iraq can very well hold a meeting to agree on a security arrangement that will meet the interests of their nations." He said that regional states themselves can best guarantee the security of the region, adding that "regional countries should agree on the security cooperation they want among themselves so foreigners will not have the excuse to stay in the region."
Pointing to the continued presence of US forces in the region, the spokesman added that their presence was under control as "Iranian officials maintain close supervision over the situation."
"It is a US policy to create tensions in the region. Iran's response will be rational and wise."
The spokesman said he believed holding of joint maneuvers with foreign sides in the Persian Gulf would not be a good and principled move, adding that "active cooperation among the PGCC states will be the best way to reinforce security in the region."
Asked whether Iran has protested over the planned maneuvers or possible inspection of Iranian ships, he said "no issue has been raised regarding possible inspection of Iranian ships."
"The six countries have announced that their joint maneuvers will not be against the Islamic Republic of Iran."
"The US policy in the Persian Gulf region has been to create tensions among the various religious groups. It secures its interests in line with this policy," he added.
Referring to Washington's policy in Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, he said: "US policies in these states is founded on its adventurist instinct."
"These US policies are against regional security and stability. It never takes the interests of regional countries into consideration," he added.
Hosseini, echoing remarks of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, said defense of the Zionist regime's interests in the region was the US' biggest concern.
"US decisions in the region are intended to advance the interests of the Zionist regime," he said.
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