Persian Gulf Arab States Ready for Tehran Dialogue

Persian Gulf Arab States Ready for Tehran DialoguePersian Gulf Arab States Ready for Tehran Dialogue

Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah said members of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council are open to talks with Iran to build mutual understanding.

"We are ready for dialogue and understanding with the Islamic Republic of Iran based on international regulations and norms and principles of non-interference in each other's internal affairs and good neighborliness," he said in a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Kuwait City on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

"We are ready for talks because [P]GCC countries believe common ground for cooperation with neighboring Iran has always existed, and we hope to start talks to help promote security and stability in the region."

The top German diplomat pointed to the July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) and said the international accord was the "start of a new era" for engagement with Tehran, stressing that "the rigorous and proper implementation of the deal could pave the way for establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East."

Steinmeier expressed hope that solutions could be found to regional challenges through joint efforts with Iran.