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Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf Arabs

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:07

Iran calls for a united front among all Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy, after a nuclear agreement with world powers that raises fears among Tehran's Gulf Arab neighbors. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is on his first regional trip since a historic nuclear deal was reached. ... a deal that Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors worry will embolden Tehran to increase its support of Middle Eastern allies at odds with Gulf states. But in Kuwait, Zarif called for a united front among Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy, saying a threat to one country doesn't benefit another. PRESS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS THE HALL / ((SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF SAYING: "(The) Islamic Republic of Iran stands next to the peoples of the region, in the face of the common threat to the region, namely terrorism, extremism and sectarianism." Most Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states accuse Tehran of interference in Arab affairs. They say Iran has provided financial or armed support for political movements in countries including Bahrain, Yemen and Lebanon. Iran, which is predominantly Shi'ite, denies such interference... but it says the nuclear agreement will not change its policies in the region.

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Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf Arabs

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:07