Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said Sunday Tehran is ready to hold talks with all Persian Gulf states.
"Just visited Oman- will go to Kuwait & Qatar next," the Deputy FM wrote on Twitter. "No direct/indirect talks with the US, but ready to negotiate with each and every country in the Persian Gulf for balanced & constructive relations based on mutual respect & interests."
Just visited Oman, will go to Kuwait & Qatar next: No direct/indirect talk with US, but ready to negotiate with each and every country in the Persian Gulf for a balanced & constructive relations based on mutual respect & intrests. pic.twitter.com/ohXyuwPXoH— Seyed Abbas Araghchi (@araghchi) 26 мая 2019 г.
Araghchi is currently on a diplomatic tour with stops in Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. According to the IRNA report, he will discuss international developments, especially in and around the Persian Gulf recently.
Omani Foreign Ministry Yusuf bin Alawi said in his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier this week that Muscat is ready to act as a mediator between Tehran and Washington in order to defuse mounting tensions.
On May 15, Iran gave the EU a 60-day ultimatum to provide effective means to shield Tehran from re-imposed US sanctions, saying it will increase its nuclear industry output and abandon some of it self-imposed obligations in relation to the JCPOA. Under the deal, Tehran is obliged, in particular, to liquidate its uranium stockpile in exchange for the removal of US, UN and EU nuclear-related sanctions.
Washington abandoned the deal unilaterally last year. Recently, the Pentagon began amassing military forces in the vicinity of Iran under the pretext of countering an unspecified military threat from Iran.