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Tuesday 18 July 2017 - 10:27
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Ceasefire, humanitarian aid basis for cooperation with Saudis - Iran FM

Sputnik - Ceasefire, humanitarian aid and constructive dialogue with regard to the conflict in Yemen could be the basis for collaboration between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Irans Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Zarif reiterated that Iran is prepared toengage withall partners inthe region tomitigate military conflicts inYemen and Syria.
"Ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, intra-Yemeni dialogue this can be the basis forcooperative assistance betweenSaudi Arabia and Iran," Zarif stated onMonday evening.

At the same time, the presence offoreign forces inthe region are "inherently destabilizing," Zarif said, adding that efforts atstabilization should originate fromwithin the neighboring countries.

Foreign affairs analyst and political commentator Dan Lazare told Sputnik onTuesday that the recent liberation ofthe city ofMosul would not lead torapid peace and stability inthe region, butwould open the way toa potentially very serious clash betweenSyria and Iran againstthe Saudis and their allies instead.

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