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Rouhani Underlines Amicable Ties With Regional States

The US-led maritime security mission will make no contribution to regional security, while Persian Gulf littoral states can jointly maintain the region’s security and stability
Rouhani Underlines Amicable Ties With Regional States Rouhani Underlines Amicable Ties With Regional States

Iran has always been interested in having cordial ties with Muslim countries, particularly its neighbors, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding that Persian Gulf states can protect regional security without the presence of foreign forces. 
"Measures taken by major powers, particularly the United States, in the region are only aimed at creating discord among Muslim nations and exploiting their resources," the president said during a Cabinet meeting, his website reported.
Traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes, has become the focus of a standoff between Tehran and Washington after US President Donald Trump quit a 2015 nuclear pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran to slash the OPEC producer's oil exports.
After explosions damaged six tankers in May and June and Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in July over shipping violations, the United States launched a maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf, joined by Britain, to protect merchant vessels, Reuters reported. 
Washington is lobbying other international partners to join the coalition. 

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