Iran’s Kharrazi Proposes Security System in Caucuses

BAKU (IRNA)–Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi who is currently visiting Georgia said on Tuesday that Iran attaches great importance to preserving security in the Persian Gulf region as well as the South Caucuses.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Georgian Counterpart Irakli Menagharishvili in Tbilisi–he said now that the constant threat of Saddam Hussein in the Persian Gulf has disappeared–all countries in the region should take concrete steps to restore security.

Kharrazi–who arrived in Tbilisi on Monday morning–said the Caucuses region must implement a security system involving all countries in the region–but mainly Georgia–Azerbaijan–Armenia–Russia–Turkey and Iran.

Georgia is determined to present a formula in the Caucuses region to be accepted by all countries in the region–he said.

Menagharishvili–however–said "it is premature to speak about building such a system–but some of its principles are obvious-the regulation of regional conflicts and transforming the volatile region from a zone of conflict and confrontation–to a zone of cooperation and coordinated interests.

Kharrazi will wind up his tour of the Caucasus with a visit to the capital of the Republic of Armenia Yerevan–to discuss issues of mutual interest with top officials.

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