Iran’s vice president: An int’l coalition to protect Gulf will bring insecurity

An international coalition to protect the Gulf will bring insecurity, Iran's vice president said on Tuesday. (File photo: AFP)

An international coalition to protect the Gulf will bring insecurity, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Tuesday, according to the IRIB news agency.

Britain called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in what London described as an act of “state piracy” in the strategic waterway.

“There is no need to form a coalition because these kinds of coalitions and the presence of foreigners in the region by itself creates insecurity,” Jahangiri said. “And other than increasing insecurity it will not achieve anything else.”

 “The solutions that Iran suggests for managing the world are based on logic, because even the most complicated issues can be resolved through dialogue,” he added.

Jahangiri also said that for “six powerful countries of the world to negotiate with Iran and reach an understanding means that Iran was able to prove its reasoning, and that they accepted it, but after leaving the negotiating table they felt like they were tricked and were worse off.”

“For Americans to then use force and put pressure on a nation is illogical, but the people of Iran are proud that they are people of dialogue,” he added.

“What has been happening these days in the [Arabian] Gulf in relation to Iran has given a message to the world that through logic, dialogue, reasoning and manners, it is possible to cooperate with Iran and resolve the issues of the world and the region.”

“We would like for our region to be calm and secure. Throughout history, Iran has been the provider of the region and the [Arabian] Gulf’s security. There is no need for an [international] coalition and no need for [foreign] powers to come [to the region]. Whenever these powers have come to a region, they have done nothing but create insecurity,” Jahangiri said.

He stressed that the region’s security can be ensured by Iran with the help of the rest of the countries of the region, according to IRNA, adding that the way to do that is for other countries to put an end to their pressure on Iran and enter talks with Iran, and then they would see what a good region we have.

“The people of Iran are aware that we are in a very difficult situation … Americans have increased their pressure during this period, particularly on the economic sector,” he added.

“Iranians in recent years, and particularly in the last year, have endured a lot of pressure.”

“We are ashamed and know that the people are enduring difficult conditions,” he said.

“We are hopeful that as time goes by, the country’s condition improves economically and that we are able to overcome more serious barriers.”

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