Jordan and other Arab countries want healthy relations with Iran based on mutual respect, FM says

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Jordan says that all Arab countries are trying to improve diplomatic relations with Iran based on mutual respect and the principle of good neighborliness.

“Jordan and other Arab countries reiterate that they want healthy relations with Iran based on mutual respect, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and the principle of good neighborliness,” said Jordanian foreign minister and expatriate Ayman Safadi.

“Dialogue is the best policy to address the existing tensions,” he told Arabic-language TV channel Asharq News, owned by Saudi Arabia, adding: “The region has enough crises and we don’t need more tensions.”

“There must be real solutions to the root causes of the tensions in order to develop the healthy relationship with Iran that we all want.”

Safadi also dismissed any talks of forming a NATO-like military alliance against Iran in the Middle East that would include Israel.

“However, all of us in the region believe that we must strengthen the Arab cooperation mechanisms and institutions capable of serving our interests and achieving the best for our nations and countries,” he added.

The top diplomat said his country would welcome any proposal that could serve common Arab interests.

“Jordan reiterates its support for any initiative to promote Arab cooperation. It stands ready to help resolve regional crises and create a tension-free region… Certainly we support, and have always called for, any proposal or effort that would contribute to stronger common Arab action and serve common Arab interests.”

Last week, Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh said his country had never viewed Iran as a threat to its national security and welcomed bilateral ties with Tehran.

Amman is open to “healthy relations” with the Islamic Republic, Khasawneh said in an interview with the BBC Arabic news channel.

“We have never viewed Iran as a source of threats to our national security,” he said during the interview that aired July 10.

Earlier this month, sources familiar with the matter revealed that the US and Israel are trying to lay the groundwork for what it calls a security alliance with some regional Arab states to counter what they call the Iranian threat.

Talks on the plan are still in the early stages and have already met opposition from several Arab countries, which refuse to do business with Israel, Reuters news agency quoted four sources as saying.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said on July 9 that an increased US presence in the Middle East will only fuel insecurity in the region and contribute to the further spread of terrorist activities.

“Any action intended to pave the way for an increased US presence and role in the regional security mechanism will lead to no outcome other than insecurity, instability and the spread of terrorism across the region,” the Iranian spokesman said.

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