Region Needs Peace, Stability

Region Needs Peace, Stability
Region Needs Peace, Stability

The head of the Center for Strategic Studies of the Expediency Council said regional crisis will benefit no country. In a meeting with the visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Tehran on Saturday, Ali Akbar Velayati said, "The crisis and insecurity in the region benefits no country. The Middle East is at the crossroads for the world and must be calm and peaceful," IRNA reported. He expressed the hope that Norwegian minister's visit would be effective and help open a new phase in bilateral relations.

The head of the center for strategic studies noted, "The Middle East is inflicted by a serious crisis", adding that other incidents in the world or Europe such as the situation in Ukraine may influence developments in the region.  

Addressing the Norwegian official, Velayati said, "You can play an effective role in creating positive and constructive (bilateral) relations."

The Norwegian foreign minister said more than 10 years had since the last time a foreign minister from his country visited Iran. "I am in Tehran to discuss a range of issues and to help revive (mutual) economic ties."

  Hope for Nuclear Deal

Elsewhere, Velayati referred to the talks between Iran and the six major powers and said Iran is hopeful a final agreement could be reached by the November 24 deadline.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Norwegian visitor, he said Tehran had never rejected dialogue and has sought solutions to international problems through dialogue.