(MENAFN) Iran's newly appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ali-Reza Enayati, has called for a fresh approach to regional security, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing development over militarism. Speaking to Iran's Arabic-language al-Alam television news network on Tuesday, Enayati expressed the need for increased cooperation among regional nations and a shift in focus towards developmental initiatives.
The ambassador stressed that relying solely on military means for security is a grave mistake. He emphasized that genuine security cannot be achieved through the possession of firearms, ammunition, or the presence of military forces. Instead, Enayati advocated for a more comprehensive approach that centers on development as a key driver of regional security.
Enayati further criticized the decades-long trend of Western powers, particularly the United States and its allies, encouraging countries in the region to invest heavily in advanced weaponry. He argued that these Western allies have deliberately fostered divisions among regional nations through political pressure and media manipulation, ultimately leading to increased arms sales and regional disunity.
The reopening of the Iranian embassy in Riyadh coincided with Enayati's statements, underscoring the significance of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations and the ambassador's call for a new regional security paradigm. By promoting the idea of development-focused security, Enayati hopes to foster a climate of cooperation and unity among regional nations, moving away from the costly and divisive arms race that has characterized the region for years.
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