Speaking at a UN Security Council session on the “situation in the Persian Gulf region”, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif asserted that “we need collective efforts by regional countries to establish inclusive dialogue and security networking in this region”. He also called for “a strong region that precludes hegemonic illusions by any power- regional or global”, adding that “together we can envisage a broad spectrum of cooperation and confidence-building measures”. At the same session, the U.S. representative argued that “the international community does not need yet another mechanism to promote Gulf security. The Security Council has all the tools at its disposal to hold Iran accountable; we must simply decide to do so”.
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