Salehi advises Saudi officials to avoid unwise remarks

January 17, 2012 11:38 pm 

TEHRAN, Jan. 17 -– Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi advised Saudi Arabian officials to avoid making unwise remarks.

Salehi was reacting to the recent remarks of the Saudi oil minister who said his country would increase oil production and make up for Iran’s absence in the market only within a few days if sanctions are imposed on Tehran.

He said Iran expected all Persian Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia – with which Tehran has always stressed its will to have good relations – to avoid inappropriate remarks.

He said such remarks will certainly remain in the history of bilateral relations and might cause problems later on.

The foreign minister said the remarks of the Saudi minister, if it really reflects Riyadh's official views, are not a friendly sign to Tehran.

Tehran advises the Saudi officials to react to regional issues in a more rational way, he noted.

Salehi said he believed the Saudi oil minister’s remarks reflected only his own personal views and that the country did not certainly support them.

Iran has always acted as a basic element in establishing and maintaining stability, peace and security in the Persian Gulf region, the foreign minister added.

He said that the Persian Gulf security was a matter of collective efforts and could not be established or maintained by ultra-regional forces.

Since Iran has the longest coastline in the Persian Gulf among the regional states, it naturally considers itself at the top of the list in such issues as peace and security, he reiterated .

As for the talks with 5+1, Salehi said the exact date of the talks is not fixed yet, noting that the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are debating the issue. (PNA/IRNA)

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