Iran urges departure of "aliens" from region

2019-08-19 06:08:31 GMT2019-08-19 14:08:31(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday reiterated Iran's position for the departure of foreign forces from the region, Tasnim news agency reported.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Kuwait's Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in Kuwait on Sunday.

Zarif urged cooperation among regional states, saying the outsiders will have to leave the region ultimately.

"We and you will live in this region, while the aliens will be gone," Zarif said, calling for the expansion of "friendly and brotherly" relations with Kuwait.

For his part, the Kuwaiti prince highlighted his country's readiness for cooperation and dialogue which, he said, would serve the interests of the region and its security and stability.

Iran has stressed that the military presence of foreigners will insecure the region and has urged the cooperation of regional states to safeguard the security of maritime transportation in the Gulf.