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Iran Offers Peace Agreement to Arab States, Iraq Stands By Iran

Iran has offered to sign a non-aggression pact with all other countries in the Persian Gulf, stating that a peace agreement remains on the table and that they seek all proposals for dialogue with their neighbours to avoid further escalation with the ongoing crisis.

Speaking at a press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran only seeks the best relations within the Gulf region. Zarif warned however that Iran would confront any attempts to wage either an economic or physical war with the utmost force.

The United States, Saudi-Arabia and Israel have been openly sabre-rattling for war with Iran for many years but have increased their level of belligerence over the past year following the increased influence of hawks both in Israel and the U.S. itself upon the Trump regime.

It was one year ago that Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iranian nuclear deal, with the stakes being raised earlier this year when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was controversially declared a terrorist organisation in April, an attempt seen by some as a backdoor toward launching strikes against Iran. The U.S. would go on to absurdly attempt to implicate the country in ongoing tensions with Venezuela and announced that the U.S. will no longer renew exemptions given to eight countries which enable them to purchase Iranian oil without facing sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters before a bilateral meeting on April 22, 2016, at the Lotte Palace Hotel in New York, N.Y. | State Department photo

Zarif described the United States’ “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign as an attempt to “bully other countries into compliance with its unilateral measures” and condemned European nations for bowing to pressure, pointing out that were in violation of the Iran deal by failing to normalize relations with state, one of the provisions of the agreement. EU violations of the deal have increased since the U.S. withdrawal.

Speaking at the same press conference, Mohamed Ali Alhakim said that Iraq would stand by Iran and condemned the U.S. weaponisation of sanctions, stating that they were “of no effect”. Alhakim also stated that Iraq was in contact with other Gulf states and was also working to defuse the situation in the region, seeking both a positive resolution to the crisis and the peace and security of Iraq’s neighbours.



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