Tehran, Doha Underline Regional Dialogue

Tehran, Doha Underline Regional DialogueTehran, Doha Underline Regional Dialogue

President Hassan Rouhani said political dialogue and understanding are the only way to find solutions to ongoing problems in the region, particularly issues in the Persian Gulf.

"Regional issues must be solved by regional countries and only through political dialogue and understanding," Rouhani said in a phone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Monday, Press TV reported.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort in establishing and promoting such a process and everyone must make efforts in this area."

The president pointed to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism in the region and regretted that "the region is not in a good state."

"We are all duty-bound to save Muslims from terrorism and to make efforts to establish stability in the region and reinforce fraternity among Muslims," he said .

Rouhani congratulated the Qatari emir on the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The Qatari emir said Tehran and Doha have always maintained cordial and deep-rooted relations, and added that his country welcomes expansion of ties with Iran in all fields.

He said Tehran and Doha should make use of their relations to help solve complicated and difficult problems in the region and added that the Islamic Republic plays a leading role in regional developments, which will also serve Qatar's interests.

Sheikh Tamim stressed the importance of improving dialogue between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states, saying the existing problems must be settled by regional states and not foreign powers.

"Interaction among countries in the region would undoubtedly serve the interests of regional people who are going through tough times in fighting terrorism," he said.

The Qatari emir congratulated the Iranian president and nation on Eid al-Adha.