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Russia Supports Iran's Proposal Of A Non-Aggression Pact With Gulf Arab States

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov attends The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe's annual meeting in Helsinki, May 17, 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has voiced support for Iran’s proposal to conclude a non-aggression pact in the Persian Gulf region.

Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested during his visit to Iraq May 25-26 to conclude the pact as a way of reducing tensions in the region.

Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying, “Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's proposal on concluding a non-aggression pact between the countries of the region [...] this would be a first step toward an easing of tensions, and we view such an agreement as the right one".

Lavrov claimed that the initiative was discussed with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.

Although Zarif discussed his proposals with Iraqi leaders during his visit, but there have been no reports of reactions from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which regard Iran as a hostile power.

Iran arms and finances proxy forces in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon, which many Arab countries regard as intervention in the internal affairs of these Arab countries.

Zarif has not explained the details of the non-aggression pact he has proposed, and it is not clear if it would address the issue of Iran’s proxies.

The U.S. has also demanded Iran to end its interventions in the region, as one of its main demands for ending pressures against Tehran.