(P)GCC Outreach Will Receive Positive Reaction

(P)GCC Outreach Will Receive Positive Reaction(P)GCC Outreach Will Receive Positive Reaction

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran seeks friendship with neighbors and will give a positive response to a recent outreach by Persian Gulf Arab states to Tehran.

Bahram Qasemi was referring to Friday's statement by Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah that the Arab country is exchanging messages with Iran on behalf of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council to inform Tehran of its views on regional conflicts.

"Hearing nice and useful words is better than harmful ones that benefit nobody," IRNA quoted Qasemi as saying.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as some of its Persian Gulf Arab allies, are at odds over various conflicts in West Asia, notably in Yemen and Syria.

Saudi officials routinely censure what they claim to be Iran's aspirations to dominate the region.

Iran denies these allegations and assures that it is only assisting the oppressed people of the region.

Tehran has repeatedly called for dialogue among the Persian Gulf states aimed at settling differences.

Qasemi said Kuwaiti officials may travel to Iran for consultations, but no schedule has been determined for such a trip.

Jarallah's announcement followed December 6 statements by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Iran in his address to the 37th (P)GCC Summit in Manama, in which he stressed the need for "constructive dialogue" between (P)GCC and the Islamic Republic.

  Humanitarian Concerns Over Aleppo

Pointing to the Syria crisis, Qasemi said Iran has deep concerns about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo and other parts of the conflict-ridden country.

The spokesman said Iran has taken significant steps to ease the pains of the Syrian nation and recently sent a considerable amount of humanitarian aid to Syria, hoping that they will be soon delivered to those in need.

The Syrian Army, which for over five years has been fighting militants and terrorists seeking to bring down the government, recently mounted a major operation to retake the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, the most populous Syrian city before the conflict.

Russia has been lending air power to the counter-terror push in Syria since last September and Iran has been providing Syrian troops with advisory assistance since the early months of the conflict.

After successive advances by the army, militants now occupy only a small pocket of the city.

A deal has been reached between the Syrian government and remaining militants in Aleppo on their evacuation to militant-held areas in Idlib.

The evacuation process has slowed down in recent days, due to some militant groups' uncooperative approach.


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