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Iranian Foreign Minister: If conflict In Gaza Ends, “Other Crises And Attacks In The Region” Will Too

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says that if there is an end to the conflict in Gaza, other attacks in the region will also cease.

Speaking with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Foreign Minister explains, “If the genocide in Gaza stops, then it will lead to the end of other crises and attacks in the region.”

Amir-Abdollahian added that maritime security and shipping safety in the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf are important to oil exporter Iran, also claiming that Iran has information that the Yemenis and Saudis are nearing “a real substantive peace agreement.”

Key quotes from Amir-Abdollahian:

On escalating tensions in the Middle East:

“If the genocide in Gaza stops, then it will lead to the end of other crises and attacks in the region.”

“Israel in Gaza has no achievement but killing women and children. But Israel brought the war out of Gaza and assassinated one of the leaders of Hamas not in Gaza but in Beirut. So, this has created a new situation. But definitely if the genocidal war of the Israeli regime comes to a halt, then it can lead to the stop of other crises and attacks in other parts of the region against Israel.”

On the Iranian strike on Pakistani soil this week:

“We only targeted Iranian terrorists on the soil of Pakistan. I talked to my colleague the honorable foreign minister of Pakistan I assured him we respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. But we don’t allow our national security to be compromised and to be played with and we have no reservation when it comes to our national interests.”

On the Iranian strike on northern Iraq this week:

Missile strikes were a response “against elements and agents of Mossad of the Israeli regime.”

Iran enjoys “very good relations” with both Iraq and Pakistan.

“We have talked and agreed for several times on the necessity of fighting terrorism,” he said, adding that the action taken by Iran “targeted Israel that remains a common enemy of both of us,” and that the country would respond to any attack “vigorously.”

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