(Persia Digest) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that foreign forces in the region pose a threat to the security of the region.

IRNA reports that he made the remarks at a meeting with Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi.

The president affirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always tried to help ensure safety of free shipping in the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Strait of Hormuz.

He emphasized that Iran and Oman have always cooperated to resolve regional issues, and take positive steps hand in hand.

President Rouhani said that efforts to stop killing civilians in Yemen and prepare the ground for Syria’s reconstruction and return of refugees to the country should be prioritized in the region, urging cooperation on sending humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people who are in need of food and medicine.

Rouhani expressed deep concern about extensive violence being perpetrated by the Israeli leaders against Palestinians and demolition of their homes, saying "the dangerous and unwarranted decision for the future of Palestine, known as the Deal of the Century, is worrisome."

The president emphasized that Iran has never been the initiator of tensions in the region, and the current tensions are rooted in the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the illusions of Washington.

Condemning the seizure of the tanker carrying Iranian crude by the UK, he said, "Iran will stand against any form of lawbreaking act that threatens the security of traffic in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman."


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Oman's foreign minister said on Sunday that establishing real and sustainable security in the region will be impossible without Iranian contribution.

Yusuf bin Alawi who is visiting Tehran to discuss the latest developments with Iranian officials, made the remarks at a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani.

He said that today the region is passing through fabricated and proxy crises.

The senior Omani diplomat said that Tehran and Muscat, despite all challenges they are facing, should try hard toward establishing sustainable security and stability in the region.

The foreign minister also emphasized that Iran and Oman have fraternal relations, and their cooperation in various fields, particularly investment and trade, are on the rise.

Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah arrived in Tehran on Saturday to talk with Iranian officials as a part of ongoing consultations on regional and bilateral issues.

He has also talked with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Iran and Oman being located on both sides of the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf enjoy numerous shared concerns in the region.

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